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Lauren Robson, a 2017 graduate of Artesia High School, will compete Saturday, Nov. 11, in the NCAA Regional Cross Country Meet in Newport Beach, Va. Robson finished seventh out of a field of 76 runners at the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Cross Country Championship in Austin, Texas, last weekend. Robson, who runs for Hardin Simmons University, posted a time of 24:17.6 in the 6K race, averaging 6:30.9/mile. She also took home the ASC Freshman of the Year Award, running the fastest time of all freshmen competing in the event, and was selected for the All-ASC First Team. HSU’s girls’ cross country team finished fourth overall behind UT-Tyler, McMurray and UT-Dallas. This is Robson’s first year at Hardin Simmons, where she is pursuing a double major in exercise physiology and pre-physical therapy. She competed in cross country, swimming and track for Artesia High School and earned the 2017 Miss Bulldog award for her efforts.