Despite Grace Connolly, the 2017 Division 1 All State Champion, sidelined, Connolly’s younger sister Katherine stepped up to clinch first place for Natick with a personal record of 18:50 for the 5k. Her teammates Genna Girard and Mary Dougherty followed behind her to sweep the meet.
Costa was the first finisher for Walpole, coming in at 20:32 with senior captain Caroline McGrath, sophomore Danielle Dentremont, junior Colleen Barry and freshman Cate Stanton behind her to score Walpole’s 34 points.
“Although some were disappointed [from the loss], the team didn’t let it phase our positive attitude and saw it as a way to motivate us going into the rest of the season,” Costa said. “I think we will learn from this loss and work on our weaknesses as a team.”