Name: Trenten Merrill
Sport: Track and Field
Classification: T64
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
DOB: 5/18/1990
Birthplace: Orange County, Calif.
Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
High School: Capistrano Valley High school (Mission Viejo, Calif.) ‘08
College: Saddleback College; Azusa Pacific University ’15, Applied Exercise Science
Coach(es): Jeremy Fischer
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 4th (long jump)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – silver (4x100m relay), 7th (200m), 8th (100m)
  • Years of Participation: 2015
  • Medals: 1 (1 silver)
  • Silver – 2015 (4x100m relay)
Personal: Merrill grew up in southern California, where he could be found surfing, playing soccer and riding dirt bikes. It was during his freshman year of high school that Trenten experienced an event that would ultimately test his character and shape his future. While Trenten was riding as a passenger on his friend’s dirt bike, a car struck them. That accident led to the amputation of Trenten’s right leg below his knee. His first prosthetist, Gary Yamamoto, encouraged him to attend a running clinic for amputees, and it was there that Trenten decided to pursue a career as a track and field athlete. After participating on the track and field teams at Saddleback College and Azusa Pacific University, Trenten made his Team USA debut at the 2015 World Para Athletics Championships, and he then earned a nomination to the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. ...Son of Stephen and Denice Merrill…Has one younger brother, Tanner…Hobbies include carpentry, surfing, camping, reading, shooting and off-road adventures…Speaks Spanish.