Three Nebraskans competed on “American Ninja Warrior” on Monday night.

And all three failed to finish the course.

The coconut climb was the downfall for Mike Galeski and Maggi Thorne, and Leigh Jahnke went down on the fly wheels.

If you’ve never seen the show, it’s essentially an extreme obstacle course.

The fly wheels are a series of three wheels that competitors must swing and jump between. On the coconut climb, athletes must climb up, across and down connected poles using their legs and a curved bar.

Thorne, a former Husker track athlete, made her fifth appearance on the show. Thorne fell near the end of the diving boards obstacle, but she caught herself just before falling into the water below. She made it up the first half of the coconut climb, but fell on the way down the back half.

Thorne’s run placed her in the top 30 competitors of the evening, qualifying her for the Oklahoma City finals later this season.

Galeski, a Creighton University student, made it to the coconut climb, but he fell there as well.

Jahnke was heavily featured on the show. A camera crew went to Jahnke’s family farm in West Point, Nebraska. It showed Jahnke, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, climbing a rope in a barn, doing pull-ups on the bucket of a front-end loader and swinging across bars on a cattle chute.

“I say it’s the best ninja gym in Nebraska right now,” she said.

The entire episode is available for viewing for free on

Former Husker pole vaulter and “American Ninja Warrior” veteran Jessie Graff will also appear on the show next Monday. Graff, who spent three years at UNL, is a professional stuntwoman.

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