Dara Kervick and Mark English have both hit the qualification standard for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Prague next month in competitions.

Kervick (Clonliffe Harriers) won his 400m heat at the Irish Senior Indoor Athletics Championships in Athlone in 46.80 seconds, comfortably inside the 47.20 qualification standard.

English, meanwhile, secured the 800m qualification time at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, running 1min 47.17secs for sixth place, inside the 1.48.50 standard.

Kenya's Jeremiah Kipkorir Mutai won in 1.45.93.

Long jumper Kelly Proper (Ferrybank) won her 17th national indoor title with a leap of 6.22m in Athlone. However, the distance fell short of the 6.45m European qualification mark.

The women’s 3000m title went to Maria McCambridge (DSD AC) in 9:26.77. McCambridge, who has accumulated 17 national titles outdoors, including marathon wins, had not won an indoor title since 2004.

Alex Wright (Leevale) retained his national title in the men’s 5000m Walk winning in 19:52.36 from Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny), with Luke Hickey (Leevale) third. 

Veronica Burke (Ballinasloe & District) won the women’s 3000m Walk in 14.40.89.

Ciara Mageean (UCD AC), who has achieved the European Indoor 3000m standard, had to withdraw from the women's 1500m heats due to a niggle, which will be monitored over the coming days.