Remembering Sarah Landauer
She was a promising young athlete, an honors student and a friend to many. But now, she's gone. 17 year old Eastside High School student Sarah Landauer died this morning at Shands after collapsing Monday at track practice. Landauer maintained her upbeat attitude right until the very end.
Sarah was well known for her athletic ability. She excelled in soccer and ran track and cross country. But it seems she will be most remembered for her character.
Soccer Coach Ron Messick said, "She was a great athlete, but she's a much better person than she was athlete."
In sports, in school, in life...Sarah is remembered as a young woman who influenced everyone in her path.
AP History Teacher David Jones said, "She had just a great love for life. She had a tremendous sense of faith that wasn't judgmental, it was just something that you just saw a serenity in her life."
Today at Eastside High School, where Sarah was a Junior, coaches, teachers and friends mourned her loss. Head Track Coach Adrian Taylor said, "When you lose somebody that's a leader, an inspiration, a true work ethic..."
Hundreds of students wrote "We'll miss you Sarah" on a banner. The messages read: "You inspire me," "I will always remember your smile" and "We will stay strong for you." Those who knew her say she was a smart, sensitive and selfless individual on and off the field. Taylor said, "Her work ethic is just head and shoulders above everybody and that's how the team wants to remember her and honor her by coming and working hard every day."
The staff at Eastside High School have been focusing on supporting the students and a school memorial is planned. Coach Adrian Taylor was with Sarah when she collapsed and said he remembers her ever present positive attitude and tenacity before she ran her last sprint. Taylor said, "She kept telling me coach, I'm good, I'm good...I'm feeling good coach."
In the face of such an unexpected tragedy, her legacy challenges them to move forward. Messick said, "She has impacted so many people and she has set the bar high."
The family sent messages through coaches and teachers that they truly appreciate the outpouring of support shown to Sarah and their family. Tonight at 7, there will be a prayer service at Creekside Community Church on Northwest 39th Avenue. The community is invited to attend.
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