Jesse Carl Trentadue


Class of 1965

Bio:   Jesse Carl Trentadue started his running career at Westminster High School in 1963. Leading the Lions to their first Sunset League title by finishing 4th and the CIF/SS 3A championship in which he placed 7th  that year. During the 1964 track season Jesse captured the Sunset League mile title and competed in the CIF/SS Championships in the Class ‘B” 1320. In the 1964 cross country season, injuries sidelined Jesse during the league championships, in which the Lions successfully defended their title, and he returned in time for the CIF Championships placing 9th and the team placing 2nd. The 1965 track season saw Jesse defending his individual league mile title and the Lions winning their only team title. He won the CIF/SS meet in a state record 4:08.5 and advancing to the state meet and placing 4th.  His mile time survived as the CIF/SS record until 1972.  He still hold the mile and half mile records at Wesminster. He was inducted into the WHS Hall of Fame in 2014.  Jesse competed at the University of Southern California. At the time freshman where not allowed to compete at the varsity level. In the 1967 indoor season, SC won the team title and Jesse was and All American and an individual NCAA champion with the 4x880 team (pictured below). Outdoors, Southern Cal placed 2nd in AAWU and won the NCAA’s. The 1968 season included indoors and individual 4th in the 880 and a 4th in the Distance Medley with Craig Grant, Geoff Vanderstock and Ole Olson, earning All American honors. Outdoors, Jesse placed 3rd in the 880 at the PAC-8 meet and USC won the PAC-8 team title, at the NCAA’s Jesse placed 5th in the 880 in his semi-final and didn’t advance to the final. USC defended their team title. The 1969 indoor season saw Jesse placing 4th in the 880 and placing second with the distance medley team of Howard Becker, Ole Olson and Monty Turner, earning All American honors. Doctor John Dahlem wrote:  Jesse “Carl” Trentadue was an outstanding runner for Westminster High School during the 1960’s under Hall of Fame coach Jack Hedges. Jesse has remained close to his high school running mates and has been very helpful with the historical work of the CIF-SS. At the Hall of Fame induction of Coach Hedges, Jesse donated to the CIF-SS history archives his 1st place medal (Class A) from the 1965 CIF-SS Track and Field Championships. His time that night has remained one of the all-time fastest times in CIF-SS history and would today, 50 years later, place him among the top American high school milers. Jesse went onto a successful career running for USC and today is a well-respected lawyer in Utah. Jesse stated, “I have NCAA medals and an AAU Championship medal but, in my opinion, none mean more or are as beautiful as the CIF-SS Championship medals.  They were truly works of art.”



1963 (3-A) CIFSS Champions - Westminster Cross Country Team


Jesse stated, “I have great affection and appreciation for the SS.  But for SS track and field my life would have been totally different and not in a good way.  I grew up in a Southern Appalachian coal camp with little prospects in life.   Fortunately, we moved to Orange County just before my 15th birthday and I met Coach Jack Hedges during my junior year.”





U.S.C. Championship Two Mile Relay Team - 1967

(All CIF-SS past Champions L/R Jesse, Richard Joyce, Dave Buck & Dennis Carr)




USC’s N.C.A.A. Indoor Track Champions - 1967

(Standing right next to teammate O.J. Simpson)

( Paul Wilson, Bob Seagren,  Craig Grant, John Link, Dick Joyce, Bill Fosdick, Greg Heet, Coach Vern Wolfe,  Bill Fosdick, Lennox Miller, Ass’t Coach Ken Matsuda, Dave Buck, Paul Kerry, Earl McCullough, Roger Wolff and Dennis Carr, O.J. Simpson and Carl Trentadue)