DSDAC athletes Maria McCambridge and Jennifer Carey have both been confirmed in the Irish squad for the world championships in Moscow later this month.
They both claimed national titles last weekend in Morton Stadium, serving as decent warm-ups for the main event with confirmation coming through on Monday of their inclusion.
The experienced McCambridge – who just missed out on the Olympics a year ago – won the 5,000m with plenty to spare but admitted afterwards that she was solely using the 12 and a half lap race as speed training, finishing in 15.55.44.
Speaking about that run, she said it was good to get out on track: “I was hoping to run a bit faster but it was a good productive 3km and then I tried to push on but the times were slipping. I tried to pretend there was somebody dragging me on but it was decent enough.
“It’s been a bit of a slow year but I’m coming around again [into form] so it was good to run the nationals.”
It follows quickly after she won the Fingal 10k but she is now facing up to what looks to be a really tough marathon in Moscow.
“Survival is going to be the main target! It’s going to be so hot no matter when the race is run. I’m trying to go in with the mindset of finishing as high up the field as I can but it will be really tough.”
Carey, meanwhile, landed the 400m title in Morton Stadium on Sunday when she clocked a 53.46 time for her lap, coming in over half a second clear of club mate Niamh Denny.
It was over a second shy, though, of her year’s best and the time which ultimately got her the ticket to Moscow. She ran the world championships B-standard with her 52.29 in California back in May.
While those two are off to Moscow, a number of other DSDAC athletes claimed national titles last weekend.
Anita Fitzgibbon pulled out a big throw of 54.92 in the fifth round of the Javelin to break her own Irish record.
The club also won silver in the 4x100m relay, completing the lap in 47.09. Joe Sweeney was third in the 10,000m in 30.41.39 and Rob Corbally, despite a fall at the water jump, finished fifth in the steeplechase in 9.54.
Mark Kavanagh finished ninth in the 100m final in 11.20 and John Eves was 13th in the 5,000m in 15.17.