Nichols had an breakout 2013-2014 season... Nichols began the year with an impressive performance at the Wausau Junior Olympic Qualifier at Greenwood Hills... Nichols competed in the U20/U18 freestyle sprint, winning heat 1 or the division and finishing third in semifinal 1 before finishing in the top spot in the ‘A’ final... Nichols also competed in Soldier Hollow, Utah at the US Cross Country Championships, having an outstanding 1st place finish in the sprint race... Nichols best results in the regular season include his two top 10 finishes at the Mt. Itasca CCSA Invite... Matt placed 9th in the 10K classic with a time of 28:08.6, and 6th in the 10K freestyle race with a time of 26:41.2... Nichols also competed in the Junior Olympic Championships in Stowe, VT at the end of the season competing in three events... He placed 7th out of 54 competitors in the men’s U20 10K classic race with a time of 28:54.5... In the classic sprint race, Nichols finished 12th in the U20 grouping... On the final day of racing, Nichols placed fifth in the 15K freestyle mass start race. Matt will begin his senior year this 2014-2015 season.