June 5, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Last season, Ana Ruzevic became just the fourth women's track and field student-athlete to claim a top-five finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and was the first field athlete to earn All-America honors during the outdoor campaign in school history. This season, the senior looks to bring home Tulane's first track and field national championship against a veteran field of competitors.
The senior will take to the runway at 2:40 Central time on Wednesday, June 6 and has followed almost the exact path to the championships that she did in 2011. Ruzevic posted her best toss of the year in March before winning the Conference USA title in the event and finishing among the top-ten in the region to punch her ticket to the championship round.
Ruzevic opened the season with a second place finish at the Aztec Invitational before she nearly broker her own school record with a toss of 51.32-meters at the LSU Relays to claim her first of four individual titles. That toss set a meet record and started a string of three-straight event victories. She won the Jaguar Invitational (3/31) and the Florida Relays (4/6), before placing fifth at the prestigious Drake Relays.
The Drake Relays served as a final tune-up before defending her Conference USA crown in the event when the Green Wave hosted the championships at Tad Gormley Stadium. Ruzevic bested the field by over three meters - nearly 12 feet. Her first throw of the competition set the tone at the meet and was good enough to nab her second straight gold medal showing at the C-USA Championships.
At the NCAA East Regional, Ruzevic placed outside of the top-five for the first time this season when she grabbed eighth place, but that mark was good enough to grab a qualifying spot at the preliminary round of the championships. Ruzevic had sector fouls on four of her six attempts, but her second throw of 46.53-meters was good enough to send her to her third national meet in four seasons.
Ruzevic made her way to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the third straight season. The Split, Croatia native is only the third Green Wave to participate at the national summit three or more times in a career, joining sprinter Gloria Asumnu and distance runner Hanne Lyngstad. She claimed First Team All-American honors as a junior when she placed fourth overall in the final collegiate meet of the season.
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