HEBER CITY -- Finishing fifth in girls goat tying as a sophomore was the impetus Meggen Hodson needed to catapult herself into the state's elite goat tyers.
"I had a confidence boost finishing fifth last year, knowing I could tie with them," Hodson said.
Hodson, of the Ogden-based Spikers Rodeo Club and a Fremont High School senior-to-be this fall, swept all three rounds of goat tying at the Utah State High School Rodeo Association State Finals en route to winning a trophy saddle.
The 17-year-old Hodson was also the state finals winner at 22.14 seconds on three runs. She won the state with 148 points.
With her dominating performance at the UHRSA state finals, Hodson punched her ticket to the 64th annual National High School Finals Rodeo, being held July 15-21 at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Hodson won Saturday's championship short round in 8.05 seconds, her slowest time of three runs at the Wasatch County Event Center.
"This hasn't exactly set in, but kind of," she said.
"It will a little later tonight. I knew I could do it, but it's still kind of shocking with so many good girls competing.
"I was pretty calm being last up," Hodson said. "I kind of tried to visualize my run when I get off (my horse) and what I need to do.
"I set a goal to win one round here and I won three," she said. "I took three wraps on every goat to make sure they stayed down."
Bear River High graduate Timmi Ward won the barrel racing with 134 points. She also won Saturday's short round at 17.389 seconds.