Abby Ryan, daughter of Wendy and Tim Ryan, is a senior at Summit High School and a member of the Varsity girls cross country team.
Most recently, Ryan placed first at the team’s last meet.
She started running in middle school after deciding she wanted to try a new sport.
She said she is driven to train and compete by her desire to be a faster, better runner.
One of her biggest role models is someone from the world of running, Shalane Flanagan, a professional long-distance runner. However, she said overall, Mayim Bialik is her number one role model for her passion for inspiring young girls.
Ryan’s coach said, “Abby is a senior leader who is self-motivated and motivates others around her. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for the sport are the culture we want for our sport.”
Ryan will attend the University of North Alabama in the fall. She plans to pursue a career in teaching.