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Paul Nichols
Paul  Nichols

Latham, N.Y.

High School:




Men's Cross Country -- Main Line Invitational

Villanova opened the 2017 season with 13 runners in action at the Main Line Invitational on September 15, 2017.

On Nichols: Part of the Wildcats distance group who redshirted his freshman year ... Will work to help the team during cross country season and in the longer distance events on the track ... Should continue to improve as he gains experience.

2017 Cross Country: Competed at four meets during the season ... Stepped up over the second half of the season and earned a spot in the team's lineup at the BIG EAST Championships, where he recorded a 26th place overall finish with a time of 25:42.9 in the 8,000 meter race ... Ran in the open race at the Paul Short Run, where his time of 25:31.3 was a personal best for an 8K race and was good for a 31st place finish in a field of more than 300 runners ... Posted a time of 26:44.0 over 5.2 miles to finish 64th at the Penn State National Open ... Registered a time of 21:51.2 over four miles at the season-opening Main Line Invitational.

2017 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Ran as an unattached runner at the Sam Howell Invitational, where he posted a time of 4:09.56 in the 1500 meters.

2016-17 Indoor: Redshirted ... Ran two races as an unattached runner ... Recorded a personal best time of 15:39.32 and finished ninth in the 5000 meters at the Villanova Open ... Tallied a personal best time of 8:58.36 in the 3000 meters at the Villanova Invitational.

2016 Cross Country:
Redshirted ... Ran four times as an unattached runner during the season ... Posted a time of 20:04.8 over 6000 meters at the Big 5 Invitational ... Recorded times of 21:01.5 and 21:10.6 over four miles at the Main Line Invitational and the Haverford Invitational, respectively ... Ran in the open race at the Paul Short Run and finished with a time of 27:36 over 8000 meters.

Shaker High School:
Earned four varsity letters each in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field ... Team captain for the cross country and track & field teams as a junior and a senior ... Won a Section 2 title indoors in the 3200 meters ... Came in 12th at the New York Regional meet of the Nike Cross Country Nationals ... Also tallied a ninth place finish at the New York State Federation meet and was 13th at the state meet ... Finished fourth at the section meet ... Three-time Suburban Council All-Star as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Two-time Albany Times Union first team All-Star in cross country as a junior and a senior ... Three-time team MVP in cross country ... Two-time winner of his school's Sportsmanship Award ... Also named the top runner in his class as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... As a senior won the Capital Zone Leadership Award ... Graduated in the top five percent of his class ... Achieved High Honor Roll status academically all four years ... Was the sophomore class Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Born 8/25/98 in Albany, N.Y. ... Older of three children of Paul and Mary Beth Nichols ... Siblings are Chris (18) and Hanna (18) ... Enjoys hiking, reading and playing sports with friends in his spare time ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its academic and athletic programs which offered him the opportunity to be successful ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.


1500 Meters              4:09.56             2017 Sam Howell Invitational
3000 Meters 8:58.36 2017 Villanova Invitational
5000 Meters 15:39.32 2017 Villanova Open


6000 Meters              20:04.8             2016 Big 5 Invitational
4 Miles 21:01.5 2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 25:31.3 2017 Paul Short Run
5.2 Miles 26:44.0 2017 Penn State National Open


BIG EAST All-Academic Team                   2016-17