By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-Tanner Hayes has turned in one heck of a spring.
Garden City's saddle bronc rider, who had some major ups and downs during the fall season, has put that adversity in the rearview mirror.
Hayes' resurrection continued over the weekend as he took home the individual title at the 50th annual Garden City Community College Rodeo at the Broncbuster Horse Palace Arena. His team finished second behind Oklahoma Panhandle State.
"Tanner has done some amazing this since we got going again," Broncbuster Head Coach Jim Boy Hash said. "He's put a lot of things together."
Hayes won the event at Fort Scott back on March 3 and followed that up the top spot at his home rodeo. He also finished fourth at Kansas State in February.
"There were things I knew that I needed to improve on," Hayes said.
That could be seen as an understatement considering that Hayes has gone from 10th in the region standings to third. With three rodeos remaining, he is in prime position to qualify for the College Finals in Wyoming in June.
"That's obviously the goal," Hayes said.
Hayes ended Friday in fourth place. 48 hours later, he was the champ.
"Tanner is still learning on the job," Hash added. "He's had a lot of bright spots here lately."
Hayes performance netted 150 points. Tyler Erickson helped the Broncbuster cause with a third-place finish in bareback riding while Gunner Stapleton paired up with Daniel Durkes from Pratt to take home fourth in team roping.
"It was a very good weekend," Hash said. "I'm tickled pink about how our men finished."
As for the women, Garden City native Jayme Flowers scored the lone points for the Broncbusters, tying for third in the short-go in barrel racing before finishing ninth in the average. She was actually in the lead going into Saturday's performance recording her second best time of the season at 13.21 seconds.