Connor McGuire started strong but faded and could not catch up Friday in the 5,000 metre final at the Canada Games.
He finished 11th in 15:05.26. Ontario’s Connor Darlington won gold in 14:33.56.
McGuire led the first lap, fell back to second in lap two and third on the next lap.
McGuire, who graduated from St. Francis Xavier University earlier this year, declined to comment after the race.
McGuire, 22, competed in the 5,000-metre race at the 2009 Games on Prince Edward Island. His time four years ago was 15:46.72.
In the women’s final, Madeleine Crowell finished 15th in 18:57.17 and Melanie McKenna 20th in 20:01.27.
Alberta’s Maria Bernard won gold in 17:33.44.
Crowell, 22, said the atmosphere was great.
“It’s pretty exciting. The bright lights and the cheering are really motivational,” she said.
“I probably was a little slower than I would have liked,” Crowell added. “I kind of got stuck between the lead pack and the next group.”
Bailey Smith was fifth in her 200 metre B final in 25:45 to sit 13th overall. Saskatchewan’s Merissa Margetts won gold in 24:91.
“It’s just awesome to be 16 and be here competing against 22 year olds,” Smith said.
She plans to work and train hard for the 2017 Games in Winnipeg.
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During the 2009 Games, Smith was 12 years old and remembers watching her older brother Spencer compete. She remembers saying, “I want to be there.”
Four years later she was able to share the experience with him.
“That’s probably been one of the best parts,” the Ten Mile House resident said. “He wasn’t sure if he was going to make it because of injuries, but now that he’s here it’s pretty awesome.”
Niki Triantafillou finished 19th.
Michaela Walker was sixth in the 800 metre women’s B final. Her time was 2:24.84 while New Brunswick’s Sarah Myatt won in 2:12.88.
Alberta’s Jenna Westaway won the A final in 2:04.96, one one-hundredth of a second faster than teammate Rachel Francois.
Walker finished 14th and Myriam Cyr 19th.
The women’s 4x400-metre relay won the B final in 4:10.75 while Alberta won gold in 3:38.46.
The team includes Cierra Gaudet, Emma Martin, Maia Ramsay and Walker.
The men’s 4x400-metre relay finished last in the B final in 3:36.68 while Newfoundland and Labrador won the race in 3:29.75. Ontario won gold in 3:07.45.
P.E.I.’s team included Nathan Comeau, Alex Fitzpatrick, Sean Fitzpatrick and Smith.