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The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY CHARLES REID

The 100-me­tre fi­nals were close dur­ing the fi­nal day of events at the Aca­dian Games.

A hair’s-width de­scribed the boys and girls 100-me­tre fi­nals Tues­day at the Aca­dian Games track and field com­pe­ti­tion in Char­lot­te­town.

The fe­male win­ner, Mar­tine Hache, run­ning for Kent, crossed the fin­ish line in :13:03 just a nose ahead of run­ner-up Marie-Pier Cloutier of South-East, who fin­ished in :13:05. Shortly af­ter, the boys win­ner, Cameron Levesque of Madawaska-Vic­to­ria, notched a time of :12:01 and nar­rowly bested South-East’s Jeremie Cyr (:12:08).

For Haché, there was lit­tle strat­egy on a warm, breezy morn­ing at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.

“Give it all. Go, go, go,” said Hache, a Mi­ramichi, N.B., na­tive. “I just kept fo­cused... and gave it all I got. I’m re­ally happy, re­ally happy with my­self.”

The track com­pe­ti­tion wrapped up the Aca­dian Games af­ter four days of com­pe­ti­tion. South East fin­ished with a Games-high 49 medals, in­clud­ing 20 gold. P.E.I. placed sev­enth with 12 medals (three gold, three sil­ver, six bronze).

P.E.I. ath­letes had solid re­sults, the best by Mal­colm Gil­man, who was first in 14 and 15 boys dis­cus (37.83 me­tres) and first in javelin (44.03 me­tres). Luc Gallant, who won the 14 and 15 boys 2,000 me­tres in 6:33:29, Kate­lyn Mil­li­gan, who fin­ished sec­ond in 14 and 15 girls shot put (10.35 me­tres), and Bianca Roche, who was sec­ond in 14 and 15 girls high jump (1.40 me­tres), were other top Is­land fin­ish­ers.

Levesque, who fin­ished sec­ond in the 100-me­tre qual­i­fy­ing heat to Cyr, was con­cerned about the wind, but the Grand Falls, N.B., na­tive said he kept his eyes on the prize.

“I tried to stay warm . . . keep my head up. It’s a good thing the wind was at my back or I would have to go much harder,” he said.

Joelle Leger of South-East was third in the 14 and 15 girls 100 me­tres with a time of :13:47. Ni­co­las Beaulieu of Nova Sco­tia was third in the 14 and 15 boys 100 me­tres in :12:23.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

The 100-me­tre dash took place Tues­day at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place as part of the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion of the Aca­dian Games. From left are Jeremie Cyr, South-East; Cameron Levesque, Madawaska-Vic­to­ria; Jonathan Blackmore, Kent; and Erik Bu­jold, Res­tigouche.

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