Framingham High's Ben Groleau placed third in the mile at the Massachusetts Meet at Fitchburg State on Tuesday.
His time of 4:14.53 was a personal record.
He was in third place for almost the entire race, but needed to pour it on in the last 100 meters when a challenger briefly passed him.
Josh Lampron (the 2011 national champion in the mile), won the state title with a time of 4:07.
Groleau, who graduated as a member of the Framingham High Class of 2012 Sunday, will attend UMass Amherst in the fall. He will run track and cross-country.