Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 14, 2013

Boyd grad wins national bowhunting title

Mark Maynard
The Independent

Columbia, Mo. — Lakin Crum wasn’t expecting to come home with a national championship trophy from the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

But she’ll take it.

Crum, a University of Cumberlands freshman from Catlettsburg, scored a two-day total of 341 to win the women’s bowhunter national title.

“I wasn’t really expecting it, but I really wanted to win,” she said. “It was pretty exciting.”

With her grandparents watching, Crum proved to be the best marksman in the bowhunting targets. Shooters go into the woods and fire at animal targets. She has only been shooting with a bow since two weeks before coming to Cumberlands on a partial archery scholarship.

“Definitely a lot of practice and support from my family and friends,” Crum said of her success.

Crum had the top score after the first day of competition “so I had room to work with on Sunday.”

Crum said she has hunted since middle school but never with a bow. “I’m going to start though,” she said.

Cumberlands begins its indoor archery season in January.

Crum, a 2013 Boyd County High School graduate, is the daughter of Matt Crum and Lora Blanton.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.