Wichita State’s Topham Earns First Team All-America Honors on Final Day of NCAA Outdoor Championships

06.08.19


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wichita State distance runner Rebekah Topham highlighted the final day of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a first team All-America finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. With the conclusion of the national meet, another historic American track and field season has come to a close.
 
Competing in 98-degree Texas heat, Topham finished eighth in Saturday's 3K steeplechase final with a time of 9:57.80 to earn first team All-America honors—her first All-America accolade as a Shocker. Topham is The American’s first athlete to punch a ticket to the 3K steeplechase final since SMU’s Tova Magnusson did so in 2014. Topham’s eighth-place finish marks the best steeplechase performance by an American athlete, as Magnusson took 12th six years ago. Furthermore, among the 22 American female athletes in action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Topham was the only one to receive first team All-America honors. The conference combined for 12 All-America performances at the outdoor championship on the women’s side.
 
Heading into the final lap in ninth place, Topham moved up a spot, clocking in at 1:16.18 and passing Gabrielle Jennings of Furman to finish eighth overall in 9:57.80. Topham caps a successful junior campaign, in which she earned The American’s Indoor and Outdoor Most Valuable Performance honors in addition to winning four American titles. She also broke The American’s all-time steeplechase record at the NCAA West Prelims with her time of 9:53.92.
 
SMU’s Nicole Iloanya was also in action Saturday night, as the senior jumper finished one spot shy of earning a second team All-American nod in the triple jump. She took 17th overall in the field of 24, wrapping up her career with an Honorable Mention All-America performance. Iloanya's first jump was her best of the day, with a distance of 12.97 meters. Competing in her first season at SMU, Nicole Iloanya made the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career. Iloanya won bronze in the triple jump at the American Outdoor Championships and became the conference’s first athlete since 2015 to advance to the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
 
Arkansas won the NCAA Outdoor women’s title with 64 points, while USC finished second with 57 points.