Former University of Maine and Messalonskee High School star athlete, Jesse Labreck, saw her friend, Jon Alexis Jr. from Waterville, compete on the reality TV show, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ and decided to try for herself.

She told the Bangor Daily News that she was looking for a competition to push herself after her stellar track collegiate career. She found her challenge on the show, which involves athletes negotiating grueling obstacle courses.