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Margot Appleton

Name: Margot Appleton
Hometown: Mattapoisett, MA
High School: Portsmouth Abbey School
Graduation Year: 2021
Date of Birth: September 30, 2002
Height: 5'3"
116 lbs.
GPA: Available upon request
SAT/ACT: Available upon request

Emerging Elites Enrollment

10 Seasons: Spring 2021
  Winter 2020-2021
  Fall 2020
  Summer 2020
  Spring 2020
  Winter 2019/2020
  Fall 2019
  Summer 2019
Summer 2018
Summer 2017


Margot Appleton started training with Emerging Elites in the Summer of 2017 before her freshman year at Portsmouth Abbey. With a background in swimming and running, Margot was looking to build on her runner-up finish at the Mass Middle School XC Championship in 2016. Margot's summer training set her up for a very strong freshman year, including capturing the EIL XC title and earning Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors.

After swimming during the winter months, Margot returned to the outdoor track and ran several PRs including 5:01 for the mile, which earned her second place at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Girls Freshman Mile.

As a sophomore, Margot had a 90-second PR in XC running 18:37, which made her one of the top 50 all-time fastest high school girls to race at historic Franklin Park. She repeated as the EIL XC champion in the fall of 2018, earning her second EIL MVP honors. Margot capped of her cross country campaign by winning the New England Prep School Division 3 cross country title and racing to a 21st place in 19:02 at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park.

For her cross county efforts in fall 2018, the Boston Globe again selected Margot Appleton for Cross Country All-Scholastic honors. She competed on the Portsmouth Abbey squash team during the winter season of her freshman year.

For her fall 2019 cross country season, Margot turned in several strong performances, including a runner-up finish of 17:14 in the Women's Championship 5K at Boston Mayor's Cup at Franklin Park. Margot lowered her Franklin Park PR by 83 seconds and has now run the third fastest high school girl performance on the standard Franklin Park 5K course.

Margot traveled down to the Bronx for Foot Locker Northeast Regionals looking to improve upon her 21st place in the 2018 championship girls race, where she ran 19:02. Getting out well with the leaders, she ran a brisk 17:54 at Van Cortlandt Park to place sixth overall in the championship girls race and qualify for Foot Locker Nationals in Balboa Park in San Diego.

In her first appearance at Foot Locker Nationals, Margot raced to 22nd place in 18:07.3 on the iconic Balboa Park course. For her 2019 cross country campaign, Margot was recognized by Gatorade as the 2019 Rhode Island Runner of the Year.

Senior Outdoor Season, Spring 2021

Margot was very excited to return to the outdoor track for some unfinished business. Using some early season dual meets to get her legs back under her, Margot focused on running faster times as the season progressed and the weather became warmer.

On May 15, Margot broke the Rhode Island state record for 1500m, running a swift 4:24.6 in her final dual meet at Portsmouth Abbey. In early June, Margot and Emerging Elites teammate Ellie Shea raced together at the USATF Mini Meet #3 at Gordon College to test their fitness in the Girls 2 Mile Invitational. While this was Margotís debut at the 2 Mile, she was thrilled to hear that USATF had set up a second camera for FAT at 3000m. Racing her way to 10:07.65 for 2 miles for a shiny debut time, Margot also took 18 seconds off her 3000m PR.

For her efforts, Margot broke the 3000m and 2 Mile state records in Rhode Island. Margot took nearly 16 seconds off the Rhode Island 3000m state record of 9:44.72 set in 2014 by Madeline Berkson. In one of the oldest records on the books, Margot took nearly 23 seconds off the Rhode Island 2 Mile state record of 10:30.42 set in 1998 by Laura Turner. A special thanks to USATF New England for having a FAT camera set up at 3000m.

Margot accepted an invite from Brooks to the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle and decided to race the Girls Mile. Amid smoke cannons and an elaborate introduction, twelve girls took the line for the start of the mile at the Brooks PR Invitational. This was a really large field and there was a significant amount of jostling after the gun. Margot was tripped up, but determined to race her way back into the field. Margot placed 10th overall and finished with a 2 second PR of 4:59. Not pleased with this performance, Margot refocused on racing well the next day at the NSAF Outdoor Nationals presented by Nike in Eugene, Oregon.

Margot opted to race the Championship 5000m at Hayward Field and was rewarded with a HUGE 36 second PR by running 16:21.83 to lower her Rhode Island state record and take third place. Margot earned All-American honors for this race. Margot came back on Saturday evening and raced the Championship Mile and lowered her Mile PR to 4:51.05, lowering her mile PR by over 10 seconds in 2 days of back-to-back championship racing.

Margot graduates Portsmouth Abbey as one of the greatest athletes in Rhode Island history, which is even more remarkable given her accomplishments during COVID, when she lost her indoor track championships at the Armory, her junior outdoor track season, her senior cross country season and was restricted to limited outdoor meets during her senior spring. Her performances are incredible and Margot has rewritten the history books in Rhode Island by graduating at the state record holder at 1500m, 3000m, 2 Miles and 5000m. Congrats Margot!


Events Fresh. Soph. Junior Senior HS PRS
400m 63.19 62.8   60.6 60.6
800m 2:24 2:22   2:11.65 2:11.65
1500m 4:43 4:46   4:24.6 4:24.6
1 Mile 5:01 5:06 5:03 4:51.05 4:51.05
3000m   10:32 9:48 9:28.94 9:28.94
2 Mile       10:07.65 10:07.65
5000m        16:21.83  16:21.83
5K (XC) 18:47 18:34 17:14   17:14

Margot Appleton Gatorade RI Runner of Year

Margot Appleton Gatorade RI Runner of Year

Awards & Recognition

2019 Gatorade Rhode Island Runner of the Year (Official Press Release Here)
2019 Boston Globe XC All-Scholastic
2019 Boston Globe XC League All-Star
2019 Boston Globe XC League MVP
2019 Foot Locker National Cross Country Champioships, 22nd place
2019 Foot Locker Northeast Regional, 6th place
2019 Boston Mayor's Cup: 3rd fastest high school female in Franklin Park 5K history
2018 New Balance National Outdoor Freshman Mile Runner-Up
2018 Boston Globe XC All Scholastic
2018 Boston Globe XC League All Star
2018 Boston Globe XC League MVP
2017 Boston Globe XC All Scholastic
2017 Boston Globe XC League All Star
2017 Boston Globe XC League MVP

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