I don't believe that detail is true. There's no evidence anywhere to support that paper's claim that Central's 5th man was 19th.If the Mansfield newspaper is correct in saying all five scorers finished in the top 19 in the team scoring,, that would make their team total listed as 53 incorrect. OHSAA's would be correct only if the fifth man was 18th, if 19th they would total 49. The intrigue continues. Btw, Mansfield newspaper doesn't show who finished 19th overall.
The OHSAA's website had 19th place overall as a runner from Cleveland St. Ignatius. As you state, even if you weed out the individuals, 19th place is too high of a finish for the team score to be 53. Unfortunately, there are no newspapers from the Cleveland area online from back then to consult to see if any individuals from Iggy qualified. That runner could have just as easily been from Cathedral Latin. That one lousy stinkin' year of the Elyria paper is not available on one database I use, and the other database I use doesn't have the issue of that paper that might possibly mention the district meet results. Too bad none of the 3 major Cleveland papers from back then seem to have archives online (News, Press, and Plain Dealer). The Cleveland area schools had their own district meet separate from the southern half of the NE district. The southern half sent Akron North, East Liverpool, Akron East, and Akron West as teams as well as the individual runners from Akron South, Warren Harding, Salem. Akron West is listed in the state meet results in the Mansfield paper, but they didn't even compete at the district meet, That is more likely Cleveland West as the results on the OHSAA's website show. It's a frustrating ordeal to piece all of this together.