Five men win at Tulsa Duels to open outdoor season


ISU sophomore Chris Celona competes in the men’s weight throw during the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Lied Rec Center on Feb. 26. Celona would go on to place eighth with a best throw of 17.37 meters. 

Mike Burvee

It may have been break for the student body at Iowa State, but no time for rest was had by the track and field program. The outdoor season kicked off on Friday at the Tulsa Duels in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Cyclones left Tulsa with five more wins than they came in with.

Four of the five men that earned a victory this past weekend also participated during the indoor season. All four of those men achieved their first win in their respective events this season.

Two events the men won on the track involved the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Elijah Young and Davis Eldridge ran in those events respectively and cleared their own hurdles this season by bringing home a victory. Young had been close during the indoor season, his best finish of second place, prior to this competition.

The other two of those four won events off the track in weight throw and high jump. Chris Celona and Jalen Ford competed in those events respectively. Celona had been coming off his best performance of the indoor season when he competed in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Celona won this event by heaving his weight a distance of 183 feet 10 inches, matching his personal record.

Ford also had an up and down indoor season and was coming off tied for fifth place in the Big 12s. Though he came just short of the height he jumped then, he still cleared a height of 6 feet-10 ¾ inches.

In addition, Cody Durbin, also competing in the men’s high jump, finished in second place.

The fifth Cyclone to win was Trey Achterhoff, who competed in the javelin throw. This was his first meet of the season, there was no javelin event during the indoor season. Achterhoff threw for a distance of 192 feet 6 inches. His personal record is 198 feet 4 inches, which he achieved one season ago.