How the Minnesota competitors on 'American Ninja Warrior' did in this week's finals - Bring Me The News

How the Minnesota competitors on 'American Ninja Warrior' did in this week's finals

2 women and 2 men from Minnesota competed in the Kansas City finals.
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A couple of Minnesota women – Sara Heesen and Sarah Schoback – dominated their American ninja Warrior qualifying runs earlier this year.

Both of them competed again in this week's episode of Ninja Warrior, the Kansas City finals, with top finishers earning a spot in the national finals. A couple of Minnesota men, Eric Middleton and Hunter Guerard, also competed.

You can watch the full episode here on NBC's site, by the way.

So how'd they do?

To set the stage, not a single ninja at the Kansas City finals finished the course, as Fansided notes. It was really hard. But three of the Minnesota runners earned a spot in the Vegas finals anyway.

One was "Beastin'" Heesen, who trains at the Eden Prairie gym Conquer Ninja Warrior and had to overcome a Lyme disease diagnosis to compete on the show.

Heesen got stuck on the Crank it Up bar portion of the course, but was one of the top two female finishers.

Her victory however came at the expense of Schoback.

Schoback (who goes by "Ninja of the North") also hit the water during Crank it Up – but was 0.3 seconds behind Heesen, so missed out on one of the two finals slots.

"Been replaying it in my head!" Schoback tweeted. "Also hard to watch how much time I took on obstacles. In moment, so focused on not falling, not thinking time!"

So that leaves the two Minnesota men, Middleton and Guerard – both of whom advanced with their runs.

Guerard, who also goes by "The Gecko" or "The Lizard" depending on his social media profile, placed third overall among the men, according to American Ninja Warrior Nation

He fell into the water during the Floating Monkey Bars part of the course, Fansided says.

Middleton, who studied entomology at the University of Minnesota, also got tripped up at the Floating Monkey Bars. He finished fourth overall.

And he offered this behind-the-scenes view of the Las Vegas finals course on his Facebook.

The winner of the Las Vegas finals, which airs in September, will take home $1 million.

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