For all of the great athletic achievements we have had this fall, I can only think of the smile of a wonderful young woman who has left us so soon.
Freshman cyclist, Megan Baab, was killed in a training accident last Thursday in Avery County. Those who knew the 19-year old from Euless, TX, will always remember the smile, humor, laugh and out-going friendship she gave all in her life.
The Lees-McRae College family touts itself as being a close knit group of people. So true right now. They shine. The love and support, prayers and thoughts have been outpouring and most gracious.
It just seems too soon for her to be gone.
While we would prefer to not have to handle these situations often, we do know there is a bigger plan, and for this we must be understanding. How else can you explain the suffering of a cycling team that has lost another teammate?
As an athletic department we have lost another representative of who we truly are — a kindhearted, talented, friend-devoted, passionate person that makes us all better for knowing Megan.
And while we struggle to emotionally grasp this tragedy, we remember those who came before, where we have relied and leaned on folks to keep us strong.
From Shelley’s battle with cancer, to Eric Burdsall, Arch, Griff and Shope, and more recently Alonzo, Carla and now Megan, we have been rocked to our core, but will rise again with hope for a better day, a brighter day, and knowing we are all part of a bigger plan!
WE ARE LEES-McRAE!!!
Together We Can.