WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Williams College junior distance runner Aidan Ryan was named a Second Team Academic All-American in a vote by the nation's NCAA DIII Sports Information Directors based on the outstanding cross country and track and field campaigns he fashioned in 2019-20.
With Ryan, a Physics major from New York, N.Y., earning this 2020 national academic honor the Eph men's and women's cross country and track and field teams are now tied for the most Academic All-American honors at Williams with 14.
Overall since 1993 Williams College has had 52 athletes named to an Academic All-American team voted on by the nation's NCAA DIII Sports Information Directors.
Ryan served notice early last fall that he was going to expand his national profile when he won the Monmouth College (N.J.) XC Kickoff, defeating runners from three NCAA DI schools.
Ryan won every race last fall except the NCAA Championship race, where he finished 10th to earn All-America honors. He led the Ephs to Little Three, NESCAC, and NCAA New England Regional titles. On October 1st he was named the NESCAC Men's Performer of the Week and the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)
NCAA DIII Athlete of the Week when he won the Ephs' Purple Valley Classic out kicking a strong field.
At Connecticut College at the Camels' Inter-Regionals event in a field of 28 teams, Ryan broke the course record by 21 seconds when he finished the 8K in first place in 23:56.
Twice Ryan has earned All-NESCAC honors in cross country and four times he has been named Academic All-NESCAC.
Ryan has earned All-America honors four times in his career, once in cross country and three times in track and field. Running indoors this past winter he clocked the 7th fastest 3K time DIII closing in 8:08.92, which earned him the USTFCCCA National DIII Athlete Week honor. In addition, this winter Ryan also anchored the second best DIII Distance Medley Relay when the Eph quartet was timed in 9:46.98 and his 4:05.16 in the mile was the second fastest in DIII in 2019-20.
In 2019 Ryan took first place in the NCAA 1500 when he finished in 3:49.14 and he captured sixth place in the 5K. He has also earned All-NESCAC honors in track and field twice and he finished third in the NCAA 3K (8;16.71) in 2019.
Six times Ryan has earned All-New England honors with five honors in DIII (three in cross country, two in track and field, and one honor was achieved at an All-New England event that featured teams from NCAA DI, DII, and DIII.