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Wisconsin Cross Country track runner Sarah Shulze dies at 21 – NBC Chicago

Sarah Shulze, runner for the University of Wisconsin track and cross country teams, has died. She was 21 years old.

Shulze’s family announced on April 15 that she had died two days earlier and gave the cause of death.

“Sarah committed suicide,” the family said. “The balance between athletics, studies and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in a single desperate moment. Like you, we are shocked and grief-stricken as we hold tight to all that Sarah was.

“Above all, Sarah was a power for good in the world. Her deep compassion was evident in her devotion to her sisters Abbey and Ella, the love her parents felt for her every day, and the extra care she took in the times shared with her grandparents and cousins.

Wisconsin officials released a statement Friday which referred to the family announcement.

“Sarah was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, teammate and Badger student-athlete,” Wisconsin officials said in a statement. “We offer our deepest condolences and condolences to Sarah’s family, friends and teammates during this extraordinarily difficult time. Our primary focus is the support of the Shulze family and our student-athletes.

Shulze was a junior from Oak Park, California. She competed in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track, and earned All-Big Ten academic honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and in 2021 for track.

Family members said she had interned in the Wisconsin legislature and volunteered as an election worker in the 2020 presidential election. They said those experiences “helped develop her deep love for politics, social causes and women’s rights”.

Shulze’s loved ones said they would soon announce a foundation “to be established to continue supporting the causes most important to Sarah.”