Ray "Grandpa" Ortiz

73rd Annual Chino Relays

  • If you haven’t noticed the giant name on the home side of the track that reads Ray “Grandpa” Ortiz, let us fill you in about the amazing man that founded Chino Track & Field and the Chino Relays.

    Grandpa started coaching Chino’s youth in 1954 and was on the track supporting every athlete and football player until he passed in 2015. He organized and founded the Chino Pumas youth track team in 1978, was involved in Chino Pop Warner, and the Chino Youth Sports Foundation.  Grandpa was the initial recipient in 1998 of the Sports Legends of Chino, which honors contributions to local sports communities, and he was named a California Park and Recreation Society District XI Layman of the Year in 2006.  He was inducted into the United States Track and Field Southern California Association Hall of Fame in 2006. 

    In honor of Coach Grandpa and his love for field events, one male and one female athlete will be nominated by coaches to receive the prestigious "Best Field Athlete" of the meet award.  

    Please help us with welcoming our adaptive athletes to this year's 73rd Chino Relays Track and Field meet on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024