Travis Darling of Ignacio, representing Casper College in Wyoming, has qualified for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo.
Darling, a former standout high school wrestler, qualified for the college finals in saddle bronc riding.
The College National Finals Rodeo will be held in Wyoming at the Casper Events Center on June 15-20.
This will be the 61st annual College National Finals and the 11th anniversary of the event being held in Casper.
At stake are National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Titles and $250,000 in scholarships.
Darling also was a top high school rodeo competitor. He won the boys state cutting title in 2007 as a member of the local Basin Rodeo Team (representing the region's high schools).
He also was eighth in the nation as a saddle bronc rider in 2007. In fact, Darling qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo four times, finishing in the top 10 in saddle bronc riding three times.
Darling was a three-time State Tournament qualifier as an Ignacio High School wrestler. Competing for then-head coach Chris deKay, Darling was a two-time state-placer, finishing third as a senior after taking fourth place as a junior.
The College National Finals feature nine events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling for the men, barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping for the women. Team roping also will be held with male and/or female ropers.
Top returning competitors for the 2009 College Finals include men's all-around defending champion Wyatt Altoff of New Mexico State.
Host Casper College is one of the top rodeo colleges in the country with four national titles and three more top-10 finishes in the last 30 years at the College National Finals.