NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Host Newcomerstown High finished second in cross country action with Claymont, Cambridge and Kidron Central.

The Mustangs picked up the win with 30 points. The Trojans were THE runner-up with a total of 57 points, Kidron Central was third with 65 and Cambridge finished fourth with 84.

Leading the Trojans' effort was the duo of Nate Marinucci and Garret Mozena with a 1-2 performance. Marinucci captured first place with a time of 18:29 while Mozena came in second with 19:05.

Other NHS runners included Daniel Lovrinic (15th, 21:25), Collen Mozena (16th, 21:26) and Stephen Chilensky (23rd, 22:34).

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MILLERSBURG -- Paced by Nate Marinucci who claimed first individually and with two runners in the top five, the Newcomerstown Trojans were second at the West Holmes cross country invitational quad meet. Host West Holmes was the team winners with a score of 42 followed by Newcomerstown with a 50. Garaway finished third with a score of 58 and Hiland was fourth with a 66.

Marinucci toured the course in a winning time of 18:14 with Garret Mozena finishing third with a time of 19:24. Collen Mozena finished 14 in 21:30, Daniel Lovrinic 15th in 21:45 and Stephan Chilensky was 17th with a time of 22:22.

"We have been very competitive so far this season, Newcomerstown coach Mario Lovrinic stated. "We placed fifth at the Claymont Early Bird out of 11 teams and placed second in two separate quads. Our runners have been ste3adily improving and that's what we look for in the early season.

"Marinucci has been stellar in his races," he added. "He is our leader and has state in his sights. He has placed first in two separate meets this year and 10th overall at the Claymont Early Bird."

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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The annual Newcomerstown Invitational saw both Indian Valley cross-country teams post impressive finish. Led by Paige Saho's (20:25) first-place finish in the girls' big-school race propelled her team to an impressive runner-up finish in the 12-school field.

The Lady Braves' 64-point total was 15 shy of team champ Morgan.

In addition to Saho's effort, Indian Valley's scoring runners were Shannon Regula (21:28), Tawey Ault (22:20), Celina Mayforth (22:31) and Emily Baker (23:04).

The Indian Valley boys placed third in the 13-team big-school field, narrowly missing a runner-up finish by two points. River View's 65-point total was far ahead of runner-up Claymont, with 103. Indian Valley's total was 104.

Trevor Ault (17:47) posted the best Brave finish. The other scoring IV runners were Cody Booth (17:53), Evan Menefee (18:03), Bailey McBeth (18:50) and Mitchell Giffen (19:07).

Host Newcomerstown and Ridgewood fielded full teams in the small-school boys' event, which was captured by Fort Frye with a total of 57. With 184 points, the Trojans finished seventh while Ridgewood's 272-point total was good for 11th in the 12-school field.

The Trojans' fastest race was turned in by Nate Marinucci (18:06). The other Newcomerstown scroring runners were Garett Mozena (18:57), Daniel Lovrinic (20:14), Collen Mozena (21:06) and Steven Chilensky (21:55).

Travis Vickers (19:20) posted the best Ridgewood finish. Other scoring General harriers were Dakota Crites (21:59), A.J. Allman (22:08), Jared Michael (23:39) and Jesse Olinger (23:55).

The only female runner competing from either school was Ridgewood's Taylor Danley (26:09).