The Best for Last

Photo credit: Joplin Sports Authority
Photo credit: Joplin Sports Authority


JOPLIN, Mo. -- Abigail Doak has made a name for herself by becoming the first runner in Maranatha Women's Cross Country history to win NCCAA DII Nationals.

Her PR time of 19:36 for the Women's 5K sent her 14 seconds clear of the next-closest competitor, as the determined junior led the Sabercats to their best team time of the season. It was a celebratory but bittersweet day for everyone. On the "sweet" side, you name a runner and she ran a PR - every single runner set a personal record in the season finale, locking in a third-place finish behind Bob Jones University and Alice Lloyd College. On the "bitter" side, the team took third place only on a tie-breaker, as they tied with Alice Lloyd for the second- and third-place finishes.

Sierra John made a run at the All-American placements, finishing just outside of the top five with a seventh-place finish. John's PR of 21:23 is the ninth-fastest time in program history, and Katie Jean Lingle's 12th-place time of 22:23 keeps her locked in as the 18th-fastest runner in the 22-year history of the program.

All in all, the Sabercats did everything they could, as they capped off a season of patience, diligence, and determination with a podium finish at the NCCAA national stage and their fastest team time of a memorable 2020 season.

(*NCCAA records date back to 1972 and are incomplete. For NCCAA Men's Cross Country archives, click here for DI and click here for DII)


  • Event: NCCAA DII Nationals
  • Women's Finish: 3rd Place / 85 points
  • Team Time: 1:26:28
  • First Runner: Abigail Doak - 1st - 19:36 (5K)
  • Location: Joplin, Mo. / Seneca Cross Country Course

RESULTS (Women's 5K)

*Personal Record :: #Program Top-20 finish


A full recap of the season is coming soon at

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AVCA All-Americans
November 24, 2020 AVCA All-Americans
The Best for Last
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The Road Ahead
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Success Secrets
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Eligibility Extended
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Three More
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Traveling Trifecta
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Miracle in Muskegon
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Bigtime at Bethel
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Test Run Ready
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Prepared to Prepare
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Fall Schedule Updates
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June 10, 2020 Cross Country Sneak Peek