Barracudas News · Spring Sport Senior Athlete Focus: MacGregor VanBeurden

MacGregor VanBeurden is a senior member of the UCHS boys track and field team.  He is the son of Jill and Kevin VanBeurden.  In addition to track and field MacGregor has been a member of the Barracudas cross country team for the past two seasons.  In cross country MacGregor led the UCHS boys to the final SPAA Conference Championship in 2018 and earned All-Conference honors with a third place conference finish.  MacGregor finished his cross country career as the second fastest runner in school history over the 5k distance.

In track and field MacGregor was a two time SPAA Conference champion in the 3200 meter run and finished his career with the school record time of 11:07.3 for the metric two mile distance and #2 at the 1600 meter run.  He recorded three individual wins during his career and was named All-Conference in track and field in 2018 and 2019 along with being a two time NCISAA State finalist in the 3200 meter run.

Off the running trails and track MacGregor was also a student who will be remembered for his polite and respectful personality and who, seemingly, can always find the humorous and uplifting aspect of almost any situation.  He was a member of the Envirothon team during his three years at University Christian.

MacGregor will enter UNC Asheville in the fall and plans to major in broadcast journalism.

MacGregor’s favorite memory from his running days at UCHS is the NCISAA State Cross Country Championship in 2018 that was contested in Hendersonville in a torrential rain in late October.  “It was supposed to be a cross country race but it rained so hard the place flooded and we had more of a mud run.  On top of that it was absolutely freezing”!

His message to his teammates is as follows: “Never ever stop running.  Coach might put you through intense workouts, but it all pays off big time.  It’ll feel great when you are the first person crossing the finish line and know that the hard work was all worth it!  Always keep pushing”.

MacGregor leaves behind a legacy of quality in athletics and in the classroom but also a reputation as being a true friend to those who know him well.  We at University Christian High School are better off  for having had the privilege of working with and knowing MacGregor and we pray God’s blessings upon him as he moves on to college next fall.