Waterville area natives Jesse Labreck and Jon Alexis Jr. have advanced to American Ninja Warrior's national finals in Las Vegas after successful course runs in the Philadelphia city finals.

Labreck, a native of Oakland,  was a standout track and field athlete at both Messalonskee High School and the University of Maine.

Alexis Jr., a native of Waterville, competed in last year's Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior. Alexis Jr. is 6'6 and 27-years old.

You can cheer on Labreck and Alexis Jr. competing in the 'American Ninja Warriors' finals starting Monday, Aug. 29 on NBC, then continuing weekly until mid-September.