Comfort Gebor, center, turns it up a notch for the Vikings while surging toward the finish line ahead of Pompano Beach Middle runners S'Kaydrah Woods, left and Shanell Clark to win the Broward County title in the girls' 100-meter dash on the oval at Coral Springs High School recently. (PHOTO BY GARY / April 6, 2010)
Lauderdale Lakes Middle School needed someone to step up if the Vikings were to win their first Broward County title in track and field.
That someone was Comfort Gebor.
The eighth-grade speedster won three events and scored 30 of her team's 46 points as Lauderdale Lakes edged past Pompano Beach (42 points) in the middle school championship showcase at Coral Springs High School on April 8. Glades Middle was third with 35 points.
Gebor needed less than 13 seconds to cross the finish line ahead of her opponents in the 100-meter dash (12.28). She also struck like lightning in the 200-meter dash with a winning time under 26 seconds (25.95), and in the 400-meter dash, she stayed within a minute (59.38) in topping the field.
The Vikings didn't have a team in the 4-by-400 relay but nevertheless took the victory thanks to Gebor's all-around performance.
This is my first year running, said Gebor, who recently moved to Florida from Africa. This is just a gift. It's why you race. The 100 was good because I thought I would win it. I knew it was mine when I was almost at the finish line.
After winning the 400, Gebor was hobbled with a sore right hamstring and had to be stretched afterward. She said the 200 was just a matter of survival.
I like it because it is my favorite race, Gebor said. If you are running, you put your whole strength to win it. This gives me more confidence because I did so well.
Gebor didn't lose a race in any event this season. I knew if I put my mind to it, I could win, Gebor said. I wasn't worried about not having the fastest times going into the county meet.
Jerry Jones, her coach and a former track standout at Piper High School, wasn't surprised by her performance.