Name: Trenten Merrill
Classification: T44
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 and Paul Edward
Paralympic Experience
  • Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 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)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – Track & Field, gold (Long Jump); 5th (100m)
Personal: At a young age, Merrill could be found on the soccer field or on a bike. Growing up in Southern California, his life changed forever his freshman year of high school when he was struck by a car while riding on a friend’s dirt bike, leading to the amputation of his right leg below the knee. Merrill was first introduced to the sport of track and field after his prosthetist encouraged him to attend a running clinic for amputees where he met 1984 Brazilian Olympic 800-meter champion and U.S. Paralympic coach Joaquim Cruz. Shortly after, he joined the track & field team at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California and grew in the sport and his faith. Merrill made his international debut with the U.S. team at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships and earned a nomination to his first Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games....Son of Stephen and Denice Merrill…Has one younger brother, Tanner…Hobbies include carpentry, surfing, camping, reading, shooting and off-road adventures…Speaks Spanish.