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: 2019 – 5th (long jump)
  • Years of Participation: 2015, 2019
  • Medals: 1 (1 silver)
  • Silver – 2015 (4x100m relay)
Personal: Trenten 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, injuring them both. That accident led to the amputation of Trenten’s right leg, just below his knee. He then went under the care of his first prosthetist, Gary Yamamoto, who encouraged Trenten to attend an Össur-sponsored running clinic for athletes. As a result of attending that clinic, 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 IPC Athletics World Championships. He then earned a nomination to the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, Brazil. Trenten has been previously coached by Gary Cablayan, Dan Pfaff, and Nic Taylor. His current coach is Jeremy Fischer. Trenten is currently the American record holder in long jump for his classification and a member of Team Össur.