Justin Jenks

Capital's Justin Jenks closes in for a sack on Flathead's Taylor Morton Sept 1 at Vigilante Stadium. Jenks had 72 solo tackles and 10 sacks for the Bruins this season.

Troy Shockley, 406mtsports.com

HELENA -- Capital High senior Justin Jenks, one of the school’s better all-around athletes, recently committed to compete at football and track and field for Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Last year as a junior Jenks garnered all-state in both football and track and field.

“I chose (Pueblo) because they have a great athletic program and excellent academics, with an environment that I felt I can be successful in,” related Jenks.

The CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves are an NCAA Division II school, competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

As a CHS trackster last spring, he became the school’s first-ever “60-160 Man” in the shot put and discus, breaking the Bruins’ long-standing school records in both events. His shot put mark stands at 60-feet-0, and his discus record is 166-9.

Jenks captured both championships at the Western Divisional Meet. And then at the AA Meet, he garnered the State runner-up medal in the shot (just 1 1/2 inches out of first), while placing fourth in the discus.

On the gridiron last fall, Jenks was selected first team All-State on the D-line. During the just completed season, playing both ways, the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder ranked in the top-four in six of CHS’ defensive categories, while leading the brown-and-gold with 10 sacks and 15 hurries.

He was also No. 3 with six tackles for loss, and fourth at 72 solo tackles and 334 defensive points. For his career, Jenks amassed 135 solo tackles, 19 sacks and 24 hurries.

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“Justin has been a solid football player for us the past two seasons,” CHS coach Kyle Mihelish said. “He plays every play, he’s very coachable, and he’s a loyal player and a great teammate. I wish him well in his future at CSU-Pueblo.”

The versatile Jenks is on pace to graduate with 10 letters; four in track, and three each in wrestling and football.

He qualified for the 2017 All-Class Wrestling Tournament in the 205 class, and in the weight room his best lift is a 340-pound clean.

Jenks, whose parents are LaRay and Waid, plans on studying physical therapy at CSU-Pueblo.

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com

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