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Tomball teen to compete in American Ninja Warrior Junior on Saturday

November 18, 2018 GMT

Molly Haywood can tumble, rock climb and jump over a high bar while pole vaulting.

At 13, Haywood, from Tomball, is one of nearly 200 children to compete on the obstacle course show “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” which aired on Saturday, Nov. 12.

During her first race, Haywood beat her opponent Eliza Aitken, from De Pere, Wisconsin, who fell into the water. Haywood then went up against Ricardo Perez from Houston, but lost in the second heat. Still, she got to show off her efforts when her episode featuring her run aired on Universal Kids.

“I was really excited. I was super-duper happy to know I was one of the people picked,” she upon learning that she, as well as her younger brother Ben, 10, were selected to compete.


Haywood said she goes to the gym regularly to rock climb, tumble and pole vault.

When she’s not at the gym, she works out on the ninja course in her backyard, she said.

Haywood’s mother, Jill Haywood, said she was proud of her children being able to compete on the show.

“They worked so, so hard,” she said.

Haywood and her brother were two of the children chosen to appear on the show out of 9,000 applicants.