PHILADELPHIA - School record holders Tuan Wreh, C'02, and Samantha Crook, were both added to the University of Pennsylvania track and field staff on Wednesday. Wreh holds two school records, while Crook stands as the only female athlete in program history to pass four meters in the pole vault.
"We are very fortunate to have two former Quakers, who both love this University and the Penn track and field programs, come back to coach at their alma mater," said interim men's track and field head coach Robin Martin, who was instrumental in adding the two former Penn standouts to the staff.
"Tuan and Sam have been highly successful outside of their track careers," Martin added. "So its a testament to both programs when two school record holders return to give back to the University when they undoubtedly have so many other opportunites out there. We are truly lucky to have such a dedicated and talented staff."
Crook, the indoor and outdoor school record holder in the pole vault, has served as a volunteer assistant coach at Penn since 2005. She will work primarily with the men's and women's pole vaulters and will also assist with the sprinters and jumpers. Wreh will work with the men's jumpers, while also assisting with the sprinters.
Crook initially set the school record in the outdoor pole vault as a freshman in 2002 and has held the program's indoor and outdoor top marks since 2003. A four-time letterwinner, Crook won the ECAC outdoor title in 2005 and reached the 2005 Outdoor NCAA Championships where she surpassed the four-meter mark. In addition, she finished in the top two at the Heptagonal Championships five times.
Wreh, one of the best jumpers in Penn history, spent the previous six years as a part-time volunteer assistant for the Quakers. The Liberian native holds the school record in the indoor (15.90 meters) and outdoor (16.28 meters) triple jump. He was the 2000 IC4A Outdoor Men's Triple Jump champion and boasts four Outdoor Heptagonal titles (three triple jump, one long jump) as well as three Indoor Heptagonal crowns - all in the triple jump. He was also a member of the 2001 and 2002 Penn teams that took the Outdoor Heps team title and earned All-America status after finishing sixth in his specialty at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
After leaving Penn, Wreh continued competing as a member of the Liberian National team in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 African Outdoor Track and Field Championships as well as the 2007 African Games. He won the triple jump at the 2006 and 2007 Outdoor USATF National Club Team Championships competing with Shore AC.
Both the men's and women's track and field teams begin the 2012 indoor season Saturday at The Armory.