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LMC mourns loss of freshman cyclist

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Article Published: Dec. 22, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 22, 2011
LMC mourns loss of freshman cyclist

Megan Baab

Lees-McRae College is mourning the loss of freshman cyclist Megan Baab, who was killed in an accident on U.S. 221 on Dec. 15.

According to law enforcement reports, Baab, 19, was traveling north on U.S. 221 in Altamont when a southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and struck her.

Baab was airlifted to Johnson City (Tenn.) Medical Center, but was pronounced dead soon after arrival at the medical center from the injuries sustained.

Baab, a native of Euless, Texas, was a four discipline rider for the Lees-McRae cycling team and had competed on the national level at both USA Cycling National Championships (track and mountain bike) this season for the Bobcats.

She was slated to compete in January at the USA Cycling Cyclocross Championships for Lees-McRae.

“We all remember Megan as a bright and bubbly member of our campus community,” LMC president Barry Buxton said. “She always had a smile on her face and a friendly word to say. Her contributions to our campus were noteworthy, even though we were only able to share a single semester with her. We send our most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends in Texas and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

“There is a deep sadness in my heart for the loss of Megan, to her family, her friends and teammates, we have lost a wonderful young woman,” LMC director of athletics Craig McPhail said. “She was and will always be remembered for her smile, passion and love for her friends and life. We all will greatly miss her.”

Baab came to Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk in August 2011 as a freshman and looked to make an immediate impact for the Bobcats in all disciplines, specializing in road and track.

“Megan was a breath of fresh air to the team,” head coach Luke Winger said. “She was incredibly positive and super fun to have around. The exciting thing for me, as a Christian, is that Wednesday my wife asked her if she was a Christian, and she joyfully stated she was, which brings me comfort knowing that she is in heaven with the God who made her. I’m thankful for the chance to have known her.”

Condolences have been pouring in to the Lees-McRae community since the news of her passing. Details regarding a campus memorial service will be announced on the Lees-McRae College website at as arrangements are known.

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