Ohio State track and field hosts the Buckeye Classic at French Field House.
Photos by Jeff Mills
Sara Vergote is in her first season as assistant distance/cross country coach at Ohio State.
This past fall, Vergote led the cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten championships, Ohio State's highest finish at the conference meet in 29 years. Juniors Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers finished fourth and sixth, respectively, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors and joining Maureen Cogan (1984) and Kathryn Monard (1986) as the only first-team selections in school history. The duo also captured All-Great Lakes region honors, with Borchers advancing as an individual to the NCAA championships, where she became the first All-American in school history after a 40th-place finish at the prestigious event.
A former MAC champion at the University of Toledo, Vergote spent the 2013 season as an assistant track coach at Iowa State. In her one season with the Cyclones, ISU placed ninth at the NCAA indoor championships and 13th at the outdoor national meet, while All-American Betsy Saina captured a national title in the 10000m.
Prior to Iowa State, Vergote was the associate head coach for cross country and track and field at her alma mater from 2008-2012. During her time on staff the Rockets won a pair of MAC cross country championships and qualified for the NCAA championships twice. Vergote was also a distance assistant at Manhattan College for three seasons.
Vergote was a member of three nationally ranked UT cross country teams from 2000-2002. The Rockets won the Mid-American Conference Championship in 2001 and 2002 with Vergote finishing as MAC runner-up in 2002. Vergote was a two-time NCAA Qualifier and MAC 10K champion in 2003. She is a member of the University of Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame.
Vergote graduated in 2003 from the University of Toledo 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 and served as an intern in the compliance office at Ohio University for one year before coaching at Manhattan.