He broke the school record and did just about everything he needed to do.
But Kyle Mau had one goal and one goal only.
The Hudson junior wanted to win a state title.
Fortunately for Mau, he'll have another chance next year.
Mau finished in second place in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 3.07 seconds at the Division I state track and field meet, which concluded June 7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Mau lost to Chardon's Nick Elswick, who won the race with a time of 9:02.41. Elswick and Mau also took first and second, respectively, in the regional competition the previous week in Austintown.
"I was proud to be on the podium, but there was a little bit of disappointment because I wanted to win," Mau said. "In the end, I'm so proud of what I've done and what I've accomplished."
Despite falling just short of his goal, Mau did what he absolutely needed to do, according to Explorers head coach Dave Caplin.
"Kyle ran a perfect race," he said. "Kyle stayed on Elswick's shoulder the whole time.
"There was a point in the race when Elswick tried to slow the pace down. He wanted Kyle to pass him. Kyle forced Elswick to run wire to wire.
"Kyle was hoping to outkick him in the straightaway, but he just couldn't do it."
Mau's time was a personal record and was not far off 2003 Hudson graduate Wesley Smith's school record.
"Kyle always wants to win, which is what you want to see on this level," Caplin said. "Tactically, he ran the race he needed to run. He has a good shot of winning next year."
If Mau could have the race back, he would have changed one thing.
"I wish I would have made my move with 300 meters to go instead of 100," Mau said.
It has been quite a junior year for Mau, who also took third at the 2013 Division I state cross country meet. He has his eyes on the state record in cross country.
It's kind of a personal thing. Mau's father, Bob Mau, a Rocky River graduate, ran the record time of 14:58 in 1982.
"We've joked about it," Mau said. "He wants me to beat it. I've always been the underdog in the past. Now, I know there is going to be a big target on my back. I think I'll be able to handle it."
Mau said he and Hudson sophomore Gavin Gaynor plan to run at the New Balance Nationals, which are scheduled for June 13 in Greensboro, N.C.