Former Gaucho wins gold medal

Former Gaucho wins gold medal

Former Saddleback track & field athlete Trenten Merrill has captured the gold medal at the Parapan American Games in the long jump.  Merrill competed for the Gauchos in 2011 in both the long jump and sprints.

Merrill was struck by a car in 2005 when riding his bike in San Juan Capistrano, losing his right foot.   He later competed for Saddleback with a prosthetic leg before competing for Azusa Pacific University.

Merrill captured the gold medal on Saturday in Lima, Peru.  He jumped 6.94 meters in the T63/64 classification, dominating the field.  The T63/64 classification is described by Paralympic.org as: lower limb(s) competing with prosthesis affected by limb deficiency and leg length difference. 

Merrill set an American record in 2018 when he jumped 7.08 meters.  He also captured the silver medal at the World Championships and finished fourth at the Rio Olympics.