Jillian Seamon

Category
2018
About This Inductee

Jillian was an outstanding multiple-sport athlete at Hazleton Area High School.  In track and field, she earned District 2 medals in the javelin as a four-year varsity competitor, capturing gold medals and earning berths in the PIAA Championships as a sophomore, junior and senior. She set the school’s record in the javelin (since broken) during a Wyoming Valley Conference meet at Tunkhannock as a junior and went on to capture the first-ever state medal for a Hazleton Area thrower with her seventh-place finish in 2008. Her also captured district medals in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump during her high school career. She played a key part in Hazleton Area narrowly defeating both Delaware Valley and Abington Heights for the District 2 Class AAA team championship in 2006. Seamon was twice named the Lady Cougars’ Most Valuable Athlete and a three-time recipient of the team’s Most Versatile Athlete honor. She finished her high school career as one of the top five points producers in the Hazleton Area girls track and field history.  Seamon was a three-year letter winner as a guard on coach Joe Gavio’s girls basketball powerhouse at Hazleton Area. She was on Wyoming Valley Conference championships teams as a freshman and three years with varsity. She made the WVC Coaches All-Star team as honorable mention in 2007-2008. She was chosen her school’s PIAA District 2 Scholar-Athlete for 2008 and was the female recipient of the Chris Clifford Memorial Award, presented to Hazleton Area’s top two scholar-athletes. Seamon accepted an academic/athletic scholarship to the University of Delaware, a Division I school in the Colonial Athletic Association, where she earned seven letters in outdoor and indoor track and field. While she competed in sprints, other throws and the heptathlon, javelin again was her forte. As a sophomore, she broke the Blue Hens’ decades-old mark with her throw of 146 feet-11 inches. Later that season she finished third in the javelin at the prestigious Penn Relays and captured the first of her back-to-back CAA championships at George Mason University. Her second came at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.  She earned the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award from 2009-2012 and a US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award in 2010. As a senior (2012), she was chosen as a nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year, was named the University of Delaware Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Woman of the Year. She also was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American. She was chosen as UD’s Track & Field Senior of the Year in 2012 and was a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. Seamon also was involved in athletics as an athletic training student, working with the Blue Hens football, volleyball, and men’s basketball teams, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2008. She began postgraduate work at the University of Georgia in August 2012, before transferring to and graduating from East Stroudsburg University in 2014 with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. She worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with Georgia’s national runner-up equestrian team and at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, N.J. while at ESU.  August 2014 to present, Seamon has been an athletic trainer at Arcadia University in suburban Philadelphia. She is a competitive Crossfitter, finishing 14th in the internationally recognized Wodapalooza event in Miami in January 2016. She’s also a weightlifter with Olympic ambitions, training in Lake Placid, N.Y. as recently as June of 2018. In her first weightlifting event, she qualified for the American Open in Orlando, Fla. December 2016. In April, the New York Rhinos of the National Professional GRID League made her the 12th overall pick in the draft. The league is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements.