Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) finished an excellent fifth in a world class field at the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca in Burgos, Spain today.

The Wicklow woman is stepping up her preparations ahead of the National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown later this month and European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy in December.

The 8km race was won by Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia in 24:45 with McCormack 48 seconds behind.

Elsewhere, there were a number of good Irish performances on the collegiate scene in the United States.

Sarah Collins (Finn Valley) helped Providence women to victory with a fourth place finish in the North East Region with Hugh Armstrong’s (Ballina) 13th placing helping Providence men to a fourth place finish.

Sean Tobin (Clonmel) helped Ole Mississippi to win the team title in the South Region Championships finishing 10th.

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) finished seventh at Mid-Atlantic Regional helping Villanova to second.

All four teams now advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships next week.