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University of Wisconsin track and field star Sarah Shulze dies at 21

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 announces the family.

“Balancing athletics, studies, and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in one desperate moment,” Shulze said. the 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 extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt condolences to Sarah Badger’s family, friends and teammates during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Shulze’s death was followed by outpourings of grief over social media.

Olympic runner Georgia Ellenwood, a former Wisconsin track star, expressed her condolences in a comment under the school’s Instagram post.

Georgia Ellenwood, a former track runner from Wisconsin, expressed her condolences in a comment under the school’s Instagram post.
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She won Big Ten Academic Honors in 2020 and 2021 for the cross-country and in 2021 when racing in Wisconsin.

Sarah Shulze won Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 during her Wisconsin run.
Sarah Shulze won Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 during her Wisconsin run.
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Sarah Shulze was a member of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team at the University of Wisconsin.
Sarah Shulze was a member of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team at the University of Wisconsin.
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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 won 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.

Sarah Shulze was a cross-country star in her high school and was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year in 2018.
Sarah Shulze was a cross-country star in her high school and was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year in 2018.
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Shulze's family started the Sarah Shulze Foundation
Shulze’s family started the Sarah Shulze Foundation “to advance and support women’s rights, student-athletes, and mental health.”
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Funeral services at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and in California have been announced. the U.W. Madison Service will take place on campus on April 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The California service will be held at Calvary Community Church May 2 at 3 p.m.

Shulze is survived by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters Abbey and Ella.

Sarah Shulze is survived by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters Abbey and Ella.
Sarah Shulze is survived by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters Abbey and Ella.
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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 the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.