National championships will be on the line in Eugene, Ore., this weekend as the Sun Devil track and field team wraps up the 2012-13 ASU competition calendar.
Class includes 13 football student-athletes
The Arizona State men and women will look to keep their winning streaks against their in-state rivals alive this weekend.
The No. 8 ASU women and No. 17 men will take part in the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge.
Newly Grad Student Vulic Excels on the Track and in the Classroom
Arizona State: 2012 Outdoor: Qualified and competed in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 5000m... clocked a career fastest time in the 10,000m at the Pac-12 Championships of 36:07.68 that earned her a fourth place finish... placed seventh overall in the Mt. SAC relays in the 5000m with a career fastest time of 16:44.02... finished sixth in the 5000m at the 33rd Sun Angel Classic in Tempe... ran a career best 3000m time of 9:56.47 at the Double Dual Meet... placed sixth in the 3200m with a career fastest time of 10:50.83 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational... 2012 Indoor: Competed in the finals at the MPSF Championships in the 3000m and 5000m races... clocked a personal best time in the mile of 5:19.45 at the NAU Tune-Up to finish fourth. 2011 Outdoor: Finished just outside of scoring at the Pac-10 Championships, placing 10th in the 10,000m run in a personal-best time of 36:45.55... posted a 12-second personal-best in the 1,500m run by running 4:38.92 at the Sun Angel Track Classic... also lowered her time in the 3,000m run at the Double Dual... selected to the Academic All-Pac-10 First Team... 2011 Indoor: Did not compete... 2010 XC: Ran in two races... placed ninth at the ASU Invitational and 21st at the Dave Murray meet... 2010 Outdoor: Posted a personal-best time of 10:27.77 in the 3,000m run at the Double Dual... also ran a best of 4:51.93 in the 1,500m run at the Sun Angel Track Classic... selected to the Academic All-Pac-10 First Team... 2010 Indoor: Did not compete... 2009 XC: Ran in three races with a pair of Top 6 placements... took fifth at the ASU Invitational and was sixth at the George Kyte Invitational... also placed 25th at the Dave Murray Invitational... earned Academic All-Pac-10 Second Team honors... 2009 Track: Redshirted... 2008 XC: Redshirted... competed in three races unattached from the program... took fourth at the Mesa Thunderbird Invitational and ninth at the Joe Uff/ASU Invitational... also was 19th at the Dave Murray Invitational.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School (Phoenix)... lettered in track & field four times and cross country three times... served as the cross country team captain as a senior... ran for former Sun Devils Geoff Owers and Kris Alexander... in cross country, team won the state title in 2005... earned all-state honors in 2006 and 2007 and was an all-city selection in 2007... earned all-state honors on the track in the 800m (2008), 1600m (2006, 2007, 2008), 3200m (2007, 2008) and 4x800m (2006, 2007, 2008)... added four all-region and three all-city honors... member of the National Honor Society, Language Honor Society and was president of Mu Alpha Theta... named AP Scholar... Kiwanis Club Recognition of Service Award.
Personal: Majoring in mechanical engineering... member of the prestigious Barrett Honors College at ASU... parents are Rajko and Nada Vulic... born October 8, 1989, in Sarajevo... lived in Serbia until she was 13 years old... hobbies include dancing, reading, playing basketball and volleyball... full name is Natasa Vulic.
Bests 800: 2:17 1500: 4:38.92 3000: 9:56.47 5000: 16:44.02 10,000:36:07.66