University of Wisconsin Track Star Sarah Shulze Dies By Suicide at 21

Sarah Shulze, a track star who attended the University of Wisconsin, has died at the age of 21. Her family stated, “We are shocked and grief stricken while holding on tightly to all that Sarah was.”

The University of Wisconsin community has lost a rising star.

Sarah Shulze, a cross-country track star competing in her junior year, died by suicide at the age of 21. Shulze’s family recently shared a statement  to her website confirming that she passed away on April 13.

“Balancing athletics, academics and the demands of everyday life overwhelmed her in a single, desperate moment,” the statement read. “Like you, we are shocked, and grief stricken while holding on tightly to all that Sarah was.”

“Above all other things, Sarah was a power for good in the world,” their statement continued. “Her deep compassion was evident in her devotion to her sisters Abbey and Ella, the love her parents felt from her every single day, and the extra care she took in moments shared with her grandparents and cousins.”

Following her passing, Shulze’s family expanded on the college student’s impact on those closest to her.


“Anyone who knew Sarah knew that her lifelong passions extended beyond family and friends to the track,” an obituary for the California native read. “She began to make her mark as an athlete on her high school track and cross-country teams, competing throughout the country in National and State events. Her devotion and incredible talent for running would culminate in a scholarship opportunity to race for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an ongoing source of pride for Sarah as she entered her third season with the team.”

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