ARDMORE — Gerron Alexander was about the happiest second-place coach you'll ever see.
Sure, he would have much preferred for his Millwood girls team to win the Class 3A state meet Saturday at Noble Stadium.
But if he had to lose to someone, he'd prefer it be his father — Beggs coach Gerard Alexander.
“This is one of the best days of my life,” Gerron Alexander said. “My dad started me in this sport when I was a kid. I've been going to track meets since I was yea-high.”
Had things fallen a little differently, Millwood could have won the title, but Beggs solidified its spot at No. 1 with a second-place finish in the last event of the day, the 1,600-meter relay.
“This was a dream come true,” Gerard Alexander said. “In 2010, we had a similar scenario, but Millwood finished second and we were third. It was a tough feeling that it didn't happen that year, but we got it done today.
“It's just a dream to have your son up there with you, 1-2, and we're really grateful for it.”
The two teams posed for photos together on the podium after the meet, with Gerard and Gerron standing side by side.
“We didn't know how it would go out here today,” Gerron Alexander said. “We thought there were about five or six teams that could win it, and we thought it might come down to a few points here or there.
“I'm glad we were able to share this moment. Being up there with my dad like that, it just leaves me breathless.”