Sara enters the 2011 cross country season looking to make an impact for the Gamecocks. After a successful high school career, Sara was redshirted her freshman cross country season when she suffered a foot injury a week before she reported to school at the end of the summer. After her long layoff, Sara raced the 800 outdoors. Her best time of 2:16 was her fastest time in two years.
In high school, Sara was voted team captain by her teammates in both cross country and track. She helped her team to a memorable state experience. She placed 18th at the 2007 IHSA Cross Country state meet running a PR of 17:38 for three miles. She was all-state in the 800m (2:14) as a junior and competed at state in the 4x800m relay all four years. She was three-time MVP and received the Outstanding Senior Award for cross country. Sara earned academic all-conference awards all four years and was an Illinois State Scholar.
Sara has won academic awards during her time at South Carolina, including being on the President's Honor List every semester so far. During the school year she is an assistant news editor at the Daily Gamecock and is a student mentor for BGTIME, a program that engages and connects senior citizens through a community website.