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.
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.