University of Wisconsin sprinter Sarah Shulze, a member of the track and cross country team, has taken her own life, her family said.
“Managing the demands of sports, academics and daily life overwhelmed her to the point of pushing her into a moment of despair,” wrote Shulze’s family when reporting the athlete’s suicide. “Like you, we are both shocked and grieving, holding tight to all that Sarah was.”
“Balancing athletics, her studies and the daily demands of life overwhelmed her in a time of desperation. Like you, we are shocked and heartbroken as we hold on to everything that was Sarah.”
The athlete was 21 years old.
“Above all, Sarah was an engine 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 each day, and the care she showed in the moments they shared.” with his grandparents and cousins.
Representatives from the University of Wisconsin released a statement Friday regarding the family’s announcement that “Shulze took his own life.”
“Sarah was a beloved Badger daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, partner, and student-athlete. We extend our condolences and sincere condolences to Sarah’s family, friends, and colleagues, during this extraordinarily difficult time. Our focus is on supporting the Shulze family.” and to our student-athletes.”
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Shulze was in her junior year and was originally from Oak Park, California. She competed in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track meets, and she took all-Big Ten academic honors in 2020 and 2021 for cross country and track and field in 2021.
Family members indicated that she had been an intern in the Wisconsin Congress and volunteered at the polls during the 2020 presidential elections. They indicated that these experiences “helped her develop her love for politics, social causes, and rights of the women”.
University of Wisconsin aides also mourned Shulze’s death on social media, with an Instagram post.