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.
“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.