Winston-Salem, NC — Williams College Junior Aidan Ryan raced this weekend at the prestigious Camel City Invitational on the JDL Fast Track. He was invited back in January after his early indoor breakout performance at the Boston University Season Opener. Ryan's time of 8:08.96 set both a new school and NESCAC record, putting him among the top 10 ever in Division III.
Ryan ran in the elite 3000m against a diverse and stacked mix of runners. Most notably on the line was 2016 Olympic 5000m silver medalist, Paul Chelimo, who won the event in a time of 7:50.37. The rest of the field was made up of high-level collegiate and professional runners. In an unfamiliar pack, and at a much faster pace than he had ever encountered, Ryan kept himself steady and competed the entire way. He took 8th place in a time of 8:15.79, the fourth fastest collegiate runner in a large field of competitors, handling himself well against tough competition.
Coach Dusty Lopez, who had accompanied Ryan to the meet gave some of his thoughts on the race, saying "Given the circumstances, it was a really valuable experience and sets [Aidan] up well for the rest of the season."
This meet also acted as a preview of the JDL Fast Track facility for Ryan, as the track will host the Division III Indoor National Championships this year. Ryan, who took 3rd in the 3000m at the meet last year, looks to return stronger this season.