Garyn McFall is only a sophomore at Brownwood High School, but he is no stranger to competing with and excelling against the best.

McFall, who is going to the National Range Contest for the second consecutive year with the Brownwood High FFA Range Team, is also looking ahead to the state finals of the High School Rodeo Association June 15-21 in Abilene.

He qualified by ranking in the top 10 in regional competition in steer wrestling (eighth), bareback riding (third) and bull riding (10th). The top 10 at the state competition qualify for nationals to be held in New Mexico.

The sophomore also was fifth high individual out of 180 in state at the Texas range competition April 24 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where the Brownwood team of which he is a part advanced to nationals. Other members of the BHS range team are Chris Smith, Taylor Moore and Tyler Kemp. Their ag teacher is Denzil Flood.

“We went to nationals last year too,” McFall said. “I think that should help us this time, although there’s a lot more to learn this time. We’re going to have to pull some all-nighters.”

The team left Sunday for Oklahoma City and the competition continues through Thursday. The teams participating are given new information they have to learn when they arrive, and the studying begins immediately on materials they will use in the judging process. It’s not something for which they show up and compete.

“I’d like to give special thanks to Ben Ellebracht,” McFall said, the team’s ag teacher last year, who retired from the school district. “The team is lucky to have had two really good teachers with him and Mr. Flood.”

McFall still has two years before he graduates from high school, but he already knows what he want to do, and where he wants to go, when it comes to college. He wants to participate in rodeo at Tarleton State University.

“I’ve no clue exactly what my major will be,” McFall said, “but I will be in college rodeo.”

He is the son of Marty and Stacy McFall of Brownwood.