2016 – NCAA Outdoor 10,000m Finals Qualifier
2016 – Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships 10,000m 1st
2016 – Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships 5000m 1st
Ryan is a graduate of University High School in his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois. As a prep, he was a conference, regional and sectional cross country champion, set the cross country school record and led his team to third place in the Class 2A Illinois State Meet his senior year. In track, during his final year of competition he placed second in the 3200m in a school record time of 9:16.06 at the Class 2A state meet.
At Illinois State University, he was a Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Champion in the 5000m and an Outdoor Champion in the 10,000m his senior year. At the 2016 West Regional, he qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run. He concluded his career with four Illinois State track and field and cross country records, and was a 10-time All-Conference selection. He has bests of 13:49 in the 5000m and 28:41 in the 10,000m.
Ryan joined Team USA Minnesota in January 2017.