Escalante’s Hinds Takes First In 200-Meter Dash

Escalante’s Waylon Hinds (number 5) dives across the finish line to win the 200-meter dash. Mesa Vista’s Frankie Ortiz finished second just.05 seconds behind. Escalante’s Anthony Paul Martinez ( Number 6), finished fifth. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Escalante’s Hinds Takes First In 200-Meter Dash

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Senior Waylon Hinds was competing for the last time for Escalante High School in the 200-meter dash at the Class A-3A state track and field meet May 6 at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque. A varsity athlete since the eighth grade, Hinds had played on three state championship football teams, on the Lobos’ basketball team and participated in track and field.

In the 200-meter dash, the favorite was Mesa Vista High School’s Frankie Ortiz. Ortiz had the fastest qualifying-time in the preliminaries and had already collected a first place medal, winning the 400-meter dash earlier in the day. Hinds had already carried the baton in two relays, helping Escalante take fourth in the 800-meter relay and fifth in the 400-meter relay. He’d also earned a fifth-place medal in the 100-meter dash.

Wayland Hinds and Frankie Ortiz on top of the podium after taking 1st and 2nd place in the 200 meter dash. Photo courtesy of John Denne

In the 200-meter dash, Ortiz and Hinds were neck-and-neck ahead of the rest of the runners as they approached the finish line. Hinds dove across the finish line and lay on the track. The extra effort had paid off. Hinds had beaten Ortiz by .05 seconds and taken first place to finish his career as a state champion in the 200-meter dash.

‘Frankie is a heck of a runner,” Hinds said. “I figured it was now or never and I had to dive for it. It feels great.”