ELIJAH CALDERON-PITCHFORD: Those Spider Monkeys Just Understand Me Man

by BLAKE PIESCHKE, CSU Public Relations Intern

Elijah Calderon-Pitchford

Elijah Calderon-Pitchford is a jumper for the Minnesota State men’s track and field team. At the South Dakota Challenge & Multi Friday and Saturday in Vermillion, S.D., Calderon-Pitchford placed first in the triple jump with a top jump of 14.43m. Out of the 15 teams that competed at the South Dakota Challenge, the Mavericks finished third.

  • What three words best describe you? Funny, motivated and weird
  • What tops your list of pet peeves? People who eat with their mouth open
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? A spider monkey because I’ve always had a good connection with them at the zoo
  • Who is your all-time favorite sports star? Carmelo Anthony
  • What is your most prized possession? My USA T&F bib worn at the 2018 Outdoor USA Championships
  • What three items can always be found in your refrigerator? Ranch, chicken and a salad mix
  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Stream videogames
  • What skill would you like to master? Mechanic work and automotive knowledge
  • What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? Getting cut from St. Cloud and ending up here
  • What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of? Posting things on social media
  • If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have? An athlete still in T&F
  • What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Leave the country
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Teleportation
  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my debt and family’s debt
  • If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Jonathan Edwards record triple jump
  • What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? The friendliness and welcoming environment
  • If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring with you? Internet, a machete and a smart tv
  • If you had to eat at a fast-food restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be? Qdoba
  • Who is your celebrity crush? Megan Fox
  • What fictional character would you like to meet? Steve Urkel
  • Best purchase you ever made? My PC
  • What is one thing you want to accomplish or experience in your life? I want to hopefully coach an Olympian
  • What is one thing that should be taught in school but isn’t? How to save your money
  • What was your favorite activity as a child? Biking around the town with my brothers
  • What is your go to song at the moment? Bleed by A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
  • How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse? I’ll be the last one standing


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