Columbus, Ohio – Sara Vergote was announced as the assistant cross country and track and field coach for Ohio State on Friday. Vergote returns to Columbus after a short hiatus from collegiate coaching and will assist Khadevis Robinson, the head cross country coach, with both the women’s and men’s cross country teams as well as working with the distance runners during track season.
“I’m excited Coach Vergote has returned to coaching and more importantly, back to The Ohio State University,” Karen Dennis, director of track and field and cross country, said. “Sara has proven success in the distance areas, particularly the 3k to 10k distances. I believe her return will greatly impact both of our teams this fall and it will carry over to the track as well.”
Vergote returns to Ohio State after a brief break from collegiate coaching. Most recently, she directed the Ohio State women’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional last November. Considered one of the toughest regions in America, the Buckeyes’ sixth-place finish landed them one or two spots away from a berth to the NCAA Championships. This fall, six of the top seven runners from the 2016 women’s team will be donning the Scarlet and Gray.
“Ohio State has come to feel like home to me and I’m very happy to be back in Columbus,” Vergote said. “I’m looking forward to working with both the women’s and men’s teams this fall.”
In 2014, Vergote helped Ohio State’s women’s cross country team to its second-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships; the Buckeyes registered a 26th-place showing at the event. Also of note in 2014, the Scarlet and Gray placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships, equaling the best finish in program history. The 2014 team also rose as high as No. 19 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, the best ranking in program history.
On the track, Vergote tutored Katie Borchers in the 800m run. Borchers boasts a lauded after resume on the track, owning eight school records (four individual, four relays). Borchers claimed Big Ten titles in the 800m run three times during her career (twice outdoors and once indoors).
When the Ohio State women’s track and field team claimed a Big Ten title in 2015 at the indoor championships, Vergote’s athletes racked up 20 of the Buckeyes’ 84 points.
Vergote graduated in 2003 from the University of Toldeo with a bachelor’s of science in education and biology. She also has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. Vergote’s previous coaching stops included Iowa State, Toledo and Manhattan.