The University of Wisconsin campus mourns the death of a beloved track and cross country star.
Sarah Shulze, 21, committed suicide on April 13, her family has announced.
“Balancing athletics, studies, and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in one desperate moment,” Shulze’s family said. “Like you, we are shocked and grief-stricken as we hold tight to all that Sarah was.”
The California-born runner was a junior and a member of the University of Wisconsin cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.
Wisconsin officials released a statement on Friday regarding the beloved student, who was described as a gentle soul and a decorated student-athlete.
“The Wisconsin Athletics community is heartbroken by the unexpected passing of Sarah Shulze,” said the the university said. “We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt condolences to Sarah Badger’s family, friends and teammates during this extraordinarily difficult time.”
She won Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 during her Wisconsin run.
A 2019 graduate of Oak Park High, Shulze was a star runner in her high school. She was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year and earned a scholarship to Wisconsin in 2018.
Shulze’s family started the Sarah Shulze Foundation to advance and support women’s rights, student athletes and mental health.
Funeral services at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and in California have been announced. The UW Madison service will be held on campus April 24 from 5-8 p.m.
The California service will be held at Calvary Community Church on May 2 at 3 p.m.
Shulze is survived by his parents, Brigitte and Scott, and his sisters Abbey and Ella.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL toll-free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five boroughs, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
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