On Campus notebook: Loudan off to strong start at CNU

Christopher Newport University’s Taylor Loudan (Sherando ’13) is off to a flying start in his junior season.

The wide receiver leads the team with 19 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Loudan is averaging 17.6 yards per catch.

In the season opener against The College of New Jersey on Sept. 5, Loudan had a 37-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tyler Quigley. He finished the game with seven receptions for 117 yards. The Captains won the game, 31-21.

On Sept. 12 against Hampden Sydney College, Loudan had a 15-yard touchdown reception from Quigley. Loudan had seven receptions for 78 yards in the contest.

Loudan followed that up with another five catches for 140 yards against Wesley College on Saturday.

CNU is 1-2 on the season, and hosts Rowan University on Oct. 3.

Catching on: Virginia Military Institute’s Matt Nicholson (Warren County ’13) is making his mark early this season.

The junior has four receptions for 73 yards in three games. Nicholson is averaging 18.2 yards per catch.

In VMI’s season-opener against Ball State on Sept. 3, Nicholson had three receptions for 39 yards.

On Saturday, Nicholson had one reception for 34 yards in a 42-10 loss to the University of Richmond.

Fellow wide receiver Dontae Mauck (Handley ’15) has also been very productive for the Keydets. The freshman has three receptions for 166 yards and one touchdown. Mauck has four kickoff returns for 59 yards, 14.8 per return.

Mauck had two catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the season-opener against Ball State. Mauck also had one reception for 35 yards in a 43-40 victory over Morehead State on Sept. 12.

Strasburg trio: A trio of Strasburg graduates are off to solid seasons for U.Va.-Wise’s cross country teams this year.

Junior Sarah Elbon (Strasburg ’13) placed 35th in the Queens Twilight held in Charlotte North Carolina on Sept. 4. She finished with a time of 21:13.99.

On Saturday, Elbon finished 17th in the Maroon Invitational held at Cave Spring High School. She was second on the team and finished in a time of 24:52.50. The Cavaliers finished fourth in the six-team event with 107 points.

Brothers Anthony (Strasburg ’13) and Timothy Wallis (Strasburg ’14) helped U.Va.-Wise to a fifth-place finish in the Queens Twilight on Sept., 4.

Junior Anthony Wallis placed 38th, third on the team, with a time of 16:32.81. Sophomore Timothy Wallis placed 62nd in a time of 19:05.25.

In the Maroon Invitational on Saturday, Anthony Wallis placed 11th in a time of 31:21.60. Timothy Wallis placed 41st in a time of 35:39.70. The Cavaliers finished second in the meet as a team with 50 points.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com