"I wasn't looking to tie the arena record, I just wanted to go out and rope my calf and make a good run," Mia Manzanares said.
Mia Manzanares put on quite the show at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, winning the national title in both breakaway roping and goat tying. With those wins, she tallied up 480 points, which was enough to single-handedly win McNeese the women's team championship.
"It feels absolutely great. I am happy for myself, but I also know my parents are so proud of me because they put just as much work in as me out in the practice field," Manzanares said. "It feels good to make them happy as well."
Like many Pokes, Manzanares comes from a rodeo family.
"My dad and my grandpa both rodeoed. My dad had me warming up horses for him when I was three and four years old. They started taking me to rodeos when I was five years old," Manzanares added. "That's how it started and its escalated from there."
With another year left, Manzanares enters her senior year, with goals even bigger than what she's accomplished this season.
"My senior year I'm really going to buckle down and try harder. Practice more. I want to be able to do it again. To be a repeat national is almost unheard of," Manzanares said. "That would be absolutely awesome if I could do that."