CASPER, Wyo. - Missoula and the University of Montana have a new national champion.
Bull rider Dustin Jenkins won the national crown Saturday night as the College National Finals Rodeo wrapped up its seven-day run.
Jenkins, who scored an 84 to split first in Saturday's short go-round, was the only bull rider at the CNFR to complete all four rides.
"He put an exclamation point on it," UM coach Kevin Nordahl said of Jenkins'
84-point ride. "He just rode him one jump at a time. It was fantastic."
Jenkins said he'd seen his bull buck to an 89-point ride earlier in the week, so he knew he had a good opportunity.
"I was just excited to get on him," said Jenkins, a graduate of Missoula Big Sky. "I told myself to hang on. He kind of blew up in the air and turned to the right really good.
"I'm feeling great."
Montana team roper Miles Suberg and partner Lester Peterson of Montana-Western took a no-time in the short go to finish tied for ninth.
The Montana men wound up 18th in the team standings while the women, who did not advance a competitor to the short go, placed 16th.
Walla Walla Community College won the men's team crown while UNLV topped the women's standings.
Arlee's Jessica Picchietti of Central Wyoming College took a no-time in the short go in breakaway roping, finishing tied for seventh.