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Falmouth archer wins national title

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Falmouth archer wins national title

FALMOUTH—Gabrielle Cyr's overstuffed trophy case has another impressive addition.

Late last month, Cyr, an elite compound archer from Falmouth, won the USA Indoor Junior Archery National Championship in Sturbridge, Mass.

Making the victory even more impressive was the fact that Cyr, 15, was competing in the junior division, which is for ages 17-20.

"I didn't think I'd win," said Cyr. "There have been other (competitions) where I was confident, but this one, I just hoped to do well."

Cyr posted a score of 1165, which was one point off the national record. That score was high enough to place Cyr second had she been competing in the adult women's division.

"I knew I was shooting hot," Cyr said. "I shot my personal best."

Cyr is only a sophomore at Falmouth High, but has been enjoying archery success for a decade, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Levi, who also excelled on the national level.

"My biggest drive was to beat (Levi)," said Cyr. "I think I've done just as well as he has."

Cyr's resume glitters with triumph in state, regional and national titles in USA Archery, National Field Archery Association and International Bowhunting Organization events dating back to 2004. She won the NFAA Indoor Nationals in 2011, the Junior Olympic Archery Development national championship last July in Ohio and was runner-up in both the JOAD indoor championships in 2011 and the 2012 NFAA Indoor Nationals.

Cyr hones her skills on a range at her house. She's been a member of USA Archery (Cadet Compound Women division) since 2011.

She's gearing up for tournaments in Arizona and Texas this spring and the Outdoor Nationals in Ohio in June.

Cyr doesn't have any intention of slowing down or stopping her dominance anytime soon.

"I'd like to shoot in college and go to collegiate worlds," Cyr said. "I want to be the best in the country."

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.