Topham reflects on All-American honor: "It was an amazing feeling"

It's been a record year for Wichita State runner Rebekah Topham.

The redshirt junior began the outdoor portion of the season with her eyes set on something she hadn't done her entire career, earn all-american honors.

Topham helped lead the Shocker women to their first AAC title back in May.

She was named the meet's most outstanding performer after scoring 22 points in her events.

Topham qualified for the NCAA Championship meet in the steeplechase where she needed an 8th place finish in the finals to make the first team All-America squad.

She would finish 8th clocking in at 9:57.

During the race I had my eye on the 8th girl which I was pretty sure was the 8th girl but when you're running and trying to count the girls it isn't the easiest," Topham told KAKE. "You're not always for sure. I was pretty sure she was the 8th girl so I was obviously really trying to catch her and I passed her on the last straight away but then after I finished I looked up there and it said 8th and I was like good. I counted right. It was just an amazing feeling. It was just like knowing that you wanted it so bad for such a long time and then it finally happened it was like I don't know I can't really describe it."

Topham is only the second female from Wichita State to be named an All-American in the steeplechase.