Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley each earn All-America honors to pace the Wolfpack to its first top-10 finish in eight years
Chris Seaton enters his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Wolfpack's men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. Seaton works with the middle distance and distance student-athletes in conjunction with head coach Rollie Geiger and women's head coach Laurie Henes.
Since joining the staff in fall of 2003, Seaton has helped lead the men's cross country program to five ACC Cross Country titles, five NCAA Southeast Regional crowns, and 10 berths to the NCAA Championships, of which the team has had two top-10 finishes and finished in the top-25 five other times. On the women's side the squad won the 2006 ACC Cross Country title and has earned seven trips to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which includes one top-10 finish and five top-25 finishes.
In the 2013 cross country season both the men's and women's teams finished third at the NCAA Southeast Regional, and the men advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 10th straight season. Andrew Colley earned All-American honors for his third time while Joanna Thompson earned the selection for her first time. Colley also claimed the indiviual champion title at the ACC Championships as well as ACC Performer of the Year for the second time.
In 2012, the Wolfpack's men's and women's teams both finished third at the NCAA Southeast Regional and fourth at the ACC Championships. The men's team went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., and Andrew Colley's 16th place finish overall earned him All-America honors.
The 2011 cross country campaign was another successful year for the men's program as Geiger and Seaton guided the men to the ACC Conference title, NCAA Regional title and a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Indiviudally, the men were lead by Ryan Hill and Colley, who finished first and second at the conference championship, respectively. Hill and Colley also earned All-America honors for their 12th and 15th place finishes at the NCAA Championship.
The success of the Wolfpack middle distance and distance student-athletes on track has been no less impressive. Since being promoted to an assistant coach for track and field, Seaton has assisted is mentoring numerous all-conference performers, regional qualifiers and several All-Americans.
During the 2012 indoor track season, Ryan Hill earned All-America honors in the 3,000m and also set school records in the mile and 3,000m, with the 3,000m being the fastest ever run by a American born collegiate. Hill followed-up the indoor campaign, with a record setting outdoor seaason that culminated in a 3rd place finish in the 1,500m at NCAA Championship and a 5th place finish in the 5,000m at the US Olympic Trials. The 2011 season saw Hill qualify to both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships where he earned All-American honors in the 3,000m. Andrew Colley also qualified to the NCAA outdoor championships in the 5,000 meters after having run the second fastest time in school; second behind Hill's school record that was set at the same competition.
In addition to working with the team's current athletes, Seaton serves as the men's recruiting coordinator and has been integral in bringing in some of the nation's top prep runners, a number of whom were Footlocker National Finalists and Nike Cross National Qualifiers, along with numerous all-state and state champion runners. These athletes continue the Wolfpack cross country program's tradition of success in competition and in the classroom.
Seaton, a cross country All-American in 2001 for the the Wolfpack, moved into the assistant coaching position after spending four years as a graduate assistant during which time he earned his master's degree in public administration and continued to compete post-collegiately, which include qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
A transfer to NC State, Seaton competed at Virginia Tech for four years where he was a qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the DMR while earning his bachelor's degree in architecture. He continued his success on the cross country course and track after transferring to NC State by earning All-ACC honors in both cross country and track and helped the cross country team to an ACC title and a ninth place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2001. Seaton also added to the Pack's tradition of academic excellence by earning a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
A native of Richmond, VA, Chris is married to the former Catherine Sadosky, who competed for Virginia Tech in both cross country and track and field.