NEWCOMERSTOWN-- It was a four second difference that separated John Glenn High sophomore Zak Geiger from the rest of the field Saturday at the 2009 Newcomerstown Cross Country Invitational as he emerged as the individual winner of the small school division race. Caldwell High's boys' and girls' teams made strong showings as well, with the girls winning the small school race while the boys posted a runner-up finish.Geiger's 16:35 finish was just enough for first-place honors as he led his team to a fifth-place overall finish as the Muskies earned a score of 155 points in the small schools contest. Other scorers for John Glenn included Woody Jamiel, 22nd (18:33); Scott Fisher, 44th (20:34); Zac Klies, 48th (20:47); and Austin Miller, 64th (22:23).The Redskins' 69-point effort was headed by Brandon Saling's time of 16:48. Support was gained from teammates Tyler Cordell, 12th (17:50); Darren Hesson, 18th (18:13); Ben Warner, 23rd (18:37); and Zach Sanford, 24th (18:41).Newcomerstown's boys earned a 10th-place overall finish, led by a 35th-place finish by junior Micheal Amore with a time of 19:39. Other Trojans crossing the finish line were Joey Raach, 51st (21:09); Brandon Cope, 57th (21:52); Jacob Everhart, 63rd (22:19); and Ethan Everhart, 66th (22:55).Rounding out the top five behind Geiger were Luke Holubeck of St. John's Central in second (16:39); Josh Fitch of Union Local in third (16:40); and Mathew Moscato of St. John's in fifth (17:01).St. John's led the boys' meet in scoring with 37 points. Caldwell was second with 69 followed by Garaway (89), Union Local (114); John Glenn (155); Bellaire (174); East Knox (202); West Muskingum (218); Tuscarawas Central Catholic (235); Newcomerstown (238); Dalton (264); and Garaway Blue (290).In the girls' small school division, freshman Moriah Carson of John Glenn earned runner-up honors, leading the Lady Muskies to a fourth-place finish with an overall score of 125. Carson was followed by Muskie teammates Sarah Porter, 10th (22:39); Whitnee Stoneburner, 18th (22:54); Ashlee Umstott, 66th (31:23); and Kelsey Scheid, 67th (31:34).The Lady Redskins' Chelsea Lewis and Amy Milstead paced the team with fourth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Lewis finished in 21:53, while Milstead was only nine seconds behind in 22:02. Other Lady 'Skins adding to the victory were Morgan Stellfox, 14th (22:47); Brandy Waller, 15th (22:47); and Dawn Spicer, 31 (24:07). Caldwell posted a final score of 56 points.The other top five individual finishers in the girls' race were Kaylee Nutter of West Muskingum in first with a timeof 19:56; Alyssa Gwin of Dalton taking third (21:46); and Sophie Feller of Garaway in fifth (21:56).In team scoring, Garaway finished as the runner-up to Caldwell with 63 points. Tuscarawas Central Catholic was third with 97 followed by John Glenn (125); Dalton (126); Bellaire (128); Union Local (129); and East Knox (155). "I was happy to see the girls run well," said Caldwell coach Dugan Hill, "especially during the week of the fair. I know these kids are all tired. The kids run together every day, now they just need to figure out how to race together."In the large school division, the Cambridge boys' team finished in eighth place with a score of 183. The Bobcats were led by Daniel Mullen, who finished in 20th place with a time of 18:56. Other scorers for Cambridge were Noah Barr, 26th (19:21); Jimmy Allen, 39th (20:14); J.T. Good, 47th (20:41); and Wesleigh Lewis, 51st (21:23).Chase Robinson won the race for Fairless with a time of 15:36, followed by Stephen Hammond of River View in second (16:04); Cory Dotts of Claymont in third (16:20); Sean Jones of Indian Valley in fourth (16:23); and Jacob Stevens of River View in fifth (16:40).Team scoring was led by Indian Valley in first place with a score of 73. River View finished second (80) followed by Fairless (87); Claymont (110); Carrollton (120); Minerva (124); and Harrison Central (124).The Lady Bobcats took 10th place with 217 points, led by Alyssa Geisey, who took 25th place with a time of 22:01. Helping out were teammates Abbie Orr, 29th (22:49); Tiffany Ingram, 50th (24:23); Rachel Jamiel, 52nd (24:39); and Beth Waddell, 61st (25:24).The race was led by Allison Stillwell of Tri-Valley in a time of 18:15. Rounding out the top five were Harrison Central's Ericka Skinner in second (19:15); Minerva's Emily Mapes in third (19:25); Carrollton's Kelsey Cogan in fourth (19:39); and Minerva's Kaele Lightfoot in fifth (19:58).The team scores were led by the team from Minerva with a total of 67. In second was Carrollton (79) followed by Harrison Central (101); Fairless (107); Tri-Valley (138); Claymont (151); St. John's Central (181); Indian Valley (187); River View (210); Cambridge (217) and Canton Timken (263).Will Cutler of Jackson won the boys' open race in 18:21. Newcomerstown's Marcus Mardis took third with a time of 18:56.Lauren Decoy of Jackson won the girls' open race in 22:31.NEXT--Cambridge and John Glenn face off in a dual meet at Cambridge on Wednesday at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Caldwell runs in the Tiffin Carnival Saturday at 9 a.m. and Newcomerstown runs in the Dover Invitational at 9 a.m.* * * * *VINCENT -- In the Scenic Hills Lions Club Cross Country Meet at Vincent Warren High, the Meadowbrook Lady Colts squad took a seventh place finish while the boys were 12th.Leading the Meadowbrook girls was Kaity Dettra, who finished 10th with a time of 22:57. Summer Reese (41st, 25:36), Tyler Matesic (45th, 15:38) and Kristen Pratt (49th, 25:49) all finished in the top 50 for the Lady Colts while Madyson Epperson also scored with a 66th place finish (27:03).Dallas Guy was the top finisher for the boys, finishing 26th in 19:19. Matt Cobb was 29th at 21:25 and Steven Wengered was 83rd, running a 22:30). Rounding out the scoring for the Colts were Steven Kozub (99th, 23:47) and Michael Haynes (110th 24:24).NEXT-- Meadowbrook hosts the annual Colt Cross Country Carnival on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.