THE DOWNLOAD: Ninja Warrior, Miss America, Aggie Football

Anna Shumaker competes during an episode of American Ninja Warrior.
Anna Shumaker competes during an episode of American Ninja Warrior. (Courtesy Anna Shumaker)

The propeller bar. The jumping spider. The warped wall.

Those were a few of the obstacles facing former UC Davis gymnast Anna Shumaker ’14 on the Sept. 3 episode of American Ninja Warrior.

It was Shumaker’s third appearance one of NBC Television’s Ninja Warrior obstacle-course shows, and her first time in the final round of competition.

“When I retired from gymnastics I needed another outlet for myself,” she told UC Davis Magazine. “I needed to fill the void that gymnastics left behind, so when I saw American Ninja Warrior on TV, I just knew that was what I was going to do next.”

Read more — and see video of how she did in the finals — on the UC Davis Magazine website.

Student places in top 10 in Miss America

UC Davis senior Nina Forest, competing as Miss Idaho for the Miss America title, finished in the pageant’s top 10 on Sunday (Sept. 9).

An aspiring civil rights attorney who is majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest promoted her “Leave Childhood Hunger Behind” platform, focused on decreasing food insecurity in Idaho. She performed “Rhapsody Brilliant” by Melody Bober on the piano in the talent portion.

Read more on the College of Letters and Science website.

Football off to banner start

Wide receiver Keelan Doss’ first pitch must have been right down the middle of the plate, because the UC Davis football team is off to a banner start this season.

With wins against San Jose State and the University of San Diego, the UC Davis football team has made its first-ever appearance in the top 25 of STATS FCS’ national ranking, at No. 23.

The Aggies' next opponent is the Stanford Cardinal, 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 15) at Stanford. The game will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks.

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