Wednesday, July 6, 2022

University of Wisconsin track star Sarah Schultz dies at 21

The UW campus is mourning the passing of a beloved track and field star.

Sarah Shulze, 21, committed suicide on April 13, her family announced.

“The demands of balancing exercise, academics and everyday life left her overwhelmed in a desperate time,” Schultz’s family said. “Like you, we are in shock and grief as we hold on to everything Sarah has.”

The California-born runner is a junior and member of the UW cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.

Wisconsin officials released a statement Friday about the beloved student, who has been described as a gentle soul and decorated student-athlete.

“Wisconsin Athletics Heartbroken by Sarah Schultz’s Unexpected Death,” University says“Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences go out to Sarah’s family, friends and Badger teammates during this extremely difficult time.”

She earned academic Big Ten honors while running cross country in 2020 and 2021 and running in Wisconsin in 2021.

Sarah Shulze earned all-Big 10 academic honors in the 2020 and 2021 cross-country races and while running in Wisconsin in 2021.
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Sarah Shulze is a member of the UW cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.
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A 2019 graduate of Oak Park High School, Schultz was her high school’s star distance runner. She was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year and was awarded a Wisconsin Scholarship in 2018.

Shulze’s family established the Sarah Shulze Foundation to promote and support women’s rights, student-athletes, and mental health.

Sarah Shulze was a star distance runner in her high school and was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year in 2018.
Sarah Shulze was a star distance runner in her high school and was named Ventura County Athlete of the Year in 2018.
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Schultz family establishes Sarah Schultz Foundation "Promote and support women's rights, student-athletes, and mental health."
Shulze’s family established the Sarah Shulze Foundation “to promote and support women’s rights, student-athletes, and mental health.”
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UW-Madison and California funeral services have both been announced.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 2nd at 3pm.

Schultz is left behind by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters, Abby and Ella.

Sarah Shulze is left behind by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters, Abbey and Ella.
Sarah Shulze is left behind by her parents, Brigitte and Scott, and her sisters, Abbey and Ella.
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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call toll free at 1-888-NYC-WELL 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 visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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