Sarah McCormack took 3rd place in the Irish European Cross-Country trials just outside Dublin on Sunday and has been duly selected for what will be her biggest athletics test yet in the European Cross-Country Championships in Hungary on Sunday 9 December.
With defending European champion Fionulla Britton racing in France but guaranteed her place in the team, Sarah thought there were four more places up for grabs for the team of five in what promised to be a very competitive trial. However a further two of the top contenders for the team were absent from the start line and with only the first two in the trial guaranteed selection it was touch and go whether Sarah’s 3rd place finish would be enough to get the nod. In the end though, perhaps taking account of how competitive the team could be for a medal, the selectors announced a maximum team of six (5 to count) with Sarah’s name inked in for the trip to Budapest.
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