Nichols Girls Cross Country Caps Record-Setting Season at All-Catholic Race

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Nichols School's varsity girls cross country team concluded its season with a strong performance at Knox Farm State Park for the All-Catholic Race on Sunday, November 3. Gabriela Gallen-Kallela-Sirén '22 finished first at All-Catholics, the first Nichols runner to ever do so, with a time of 20:40. Holly Arrison '21 capped a record-setting fall with a third-place finish at 21:10, joining Gallen-Kallela-Sirén on the First Team All-Catholics, while Quinn Benchley '23 made Second Team All-Catholics, finishing in 11th place with a time of 23:01. Nichols placed third overall at the All-Catholic race, and finished fourth in the final Section VI cross country poll.

Arrison and Gallen-Kallela-Sirén also finished in the top 10 at the Brown Invitational on October 19. In the D1 Varsity Girls 5,000-meter race featuring 30 teams, Arrison took first place with a time of 18:27.48 and a Speed Rating (a proprietary index that take into account course difficulty, weather, and strength of field in addition to finish time) of 117, both all-time Nichols records. Gallen-Kallela-Sirén set a personal record and finished eighth in 18:59.93.

Ranked 17th overall among New York State high school girls entering this year, Arrison has set the pace for the Vikings in her third season. She is now a three-time First Team All-Catholic honoree and a three-time New York State Federation Championship qualifier. She is already the all-time points leader in invitational competition for Nichols girls cross country, having won four invitationals outright. The sport's standard gender-conversion formulae for race times suggest that not only is Arrison the best girls' cross-country runner in school history, but perhaps the best distance runner Nichols has ever produced.

Arrison and Gallen-Kallela-Sirén have both qualified for the New York State Federation Championship on November 23 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York.

Congratulations to Nichols girls cross country on an outstanding season!