I'm writing a sakubun on when I arrived third to last in a race back when I went to middle school.
In my sentence I wanted to say: "Even if I didn't arrive last, since the last two girls stopped running in the middle and reached the finish line while walking, I felt just like I arrived last" (meaning: I felt extremely disappointed because my performance was a failure even if I never stopped running unlike the two other girls).
Does the sentence I wrote make any sense to you? Did I use のに right? Do you have any suggestions to improve my sentence? Moreover, what is the best way to say "third to last"?