After graduating from Hurst’s L.D. Bell High School, Baab was about to finish her first semester at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, 120 miles north of Charlotte. The young student was a freshman attending the college on a cycling scholarship.
“We all remember Megan as a bright and bubbly member of our campus community,” said college president Barry Buxton in a statement.
Baab was a member of her college cycling team, often training for hours a day, everyday. Her school reports she competed on the national level at the USA Cycling National Championship.
“Cycling is in her blood,” her father said, himself an avid cyclist. “She loved the thrill of riding and having that wind in her hair.”
Before leaving for school, she was a fixture in the Hurst cycling community. She rode with Team Bicycles Inc. out of Hurst for at least five years, where she was known as an aggressive athlete who could hold her own against the male riders.
“She was always out there setting an example,” said her friend James Ryan, 15, who rode with her in the Texas High School Cycling League. “For me personally, she was usually what I set my sight on.”
Her father said she had just made Team Kenda, a professional female cycling team that travels the country to compete in races.
“She was on a trajectory where anything was possible,” said Andrew Armstrong, director of the Texas High School Cycling League.
A fund of the Candle in the Wind Foundation to help young bicycle racing women go to college. Every fall a young athlete will selected upon application based on her ability, sportswomanship and attitude.