Eli Gault-Crabb Commits to Cornell

Burroughs pole vaulter decides to continue his college career on the East Coast.

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Eli Gault-Crabb proudly shows off his college choice. (Photo courtesy Eli Gault-Crabb)

Elite Burroughs High athletes moving on to Ivy League schools is becoming a trend.
Pole vaulter Eli Gault-Crabb, who is the one of the top returners in the nation, has committed to Cornell University.
Gault-Crabb joins volleyball player Kade McGovern, also from the class of 2021, who has committed to Harvard. Emily Virtue, who graduated from Burroughs in 2018, is a member of the Columbia University cross country and track teams.
“I built a really good relationship with the coach. He coaches very similar to coach Brooks (Morris). Right off the bat, just from talking to him over the phone, I felt it is where I want to be,” Gault-Crabb said of pole vault coach Derick Hinch, who is also originally from California. “It is also an Ivy League. I didn’t want to focus completely on athletics. A degree from an Ivy League (school) is really nice.”

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Last year Gault-Crabb was one of just 13 vaulters in the nation to clear 16 feet before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season. Just two of those who jumped higher are still in high school.

“At least I hit my marks before everything shut down, which was nice,” Gault-Crabb said.

Burroughs Eli Gault-Crabb clears the bar in the pole vault. Photo courtesy Eli Gault-Crabb.

Gault-Crabb jumped 16 feet on February 29 in the Trevor Habberstad Invitational at Canyon High in Canyon Country.

“It was my last meet. Who knows what I would have jumped. I’m confident in myself that I would have beaten the school record,” said Gault-Crabb, who had a 4.6 grade point average last year. “I was only a junior.”
The Burroughs school record is 16-4 ¾, set by Esa Sallinen, a foreign exchange student from Finland, in 1994.
With no certainty that he will be able to compete at the high school level again, Gault-Crabb can only keep his fingers crossed.

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“It is very slim,” he said of the chances to compete for Burroughs again. “At the end of the day I’m going to be disappointed, but I can’t control it. But that’s not the end goal. The end goal is developing through college.”
Gault-Crabb qualified for the California state meet as a sophomore, but got injured and elected to let another vaulter take his place, thinking he had two more years to go.

“I’m projected to win CIF and possibly be top-3 in state,” he said if there is a 2021 season.

But Gault-Crabb’s rise has been outstanding through working with Burroughs graduate Brooks Morris as his private coach. Brooks Morris is the son of Ron Morris, also a Burroughs grad, and the 1960 Olympic silver medalist in the pole vault.

“I jumped 10 and then I went to coach Brooks to train with him and it was like instant. I went 10-6 freshman year and sophomore year I went 15-3,” Gault-Crabb recalled.

While he waits to see if there is a season or not, Gault-Crabb is preparing as if he will compete.

“It is tough, but I’m handling it,” he said. “I still do vault once in a while. I won’t lose it. It will always be there.”