Ciobanu and Connolly set for Berlin
Irish marathon runners Sergiu Ciobanu and Breege Connolly secured the qualifying time for next year's European Championships in Berlin at the Valencia Marathon yesterday.
Ciobanu, who competed in the Dublin Marathon just three weeks earlier, clocked 2:16:08, well inside the qualifying time of 2:17:00. Connolly, meanwhile, equalled her lifetime best to clock 2:37:29 and come in well under the standard of 2:38:00 required by Athletics Ireland.
Elsewhere, Claire McCarthy and Brian Maher both scored wins for the home contingent at the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country international in Gransha Park, Derry over the weekend.
McCarthy beat Scotland's Katie White to take gold in the women's 6,000m race, while Maher was a class apart in the men's equivalent, coming home 10 seconds clear of England's Neil Boniface.
In the US, Sean Tobin was the leading Irish finisher at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Kentucky. Tobin, representing Ole Miss, came home 12th in the men's race in 29:39, won by Justyn Knight in 29:00.
Mullingar's Jack O'Leary, running for Iona College, finished 210th, while Dublin's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, representing Villanova, came home 88th in the women's race.
At the Irish Universities Road Relays, UL won the women's race as DCU triumphed in the men's.