VAN — Five Jacksonville athletes carved out top-five finishes at the Van Invitational on Saturday.
The meet was the Tribe's first action of the season, with Jacksonville slated to take part in the Malakoff Meet this coming Saturday.
Jaren Kubena, a junior, finished in second place in the Super Heavy Weight division, which was the Tribe's top finisher.
Kubena had success with a total of 1,180 pounds, which was 55 pounds shy of the winner in the weight category.
Brayden Bauer also turned in a nice effort by taking third place in the 132-pound segment.
Bauer lifted a total of 550 pounds.
Meanwhile, Dedrick Tatum ended up fourth, lifting a total of 1,031 pounds of iron in the 165-pound class.
Jacksonville also had a couple of fifth place finishers in Henry Hernandez (220.-lb. class.) and Emmitt Eckler (242-lb, class).
Other participants for the Tribe were (in no particular order), Brayden Horn, Deverick Tatum, Ceasar Morales, Flavio Hernandez, Justin Crowe and Sergio Cabrera.
Jacksonville finished in seventh place in the meet with 12 points.
Lindale took top honors, tallying 43 points, with Eustace (22), Crandell (22), Kerens (17) and Athens (16) rounding out the top five.
Jacksonville and New Summerfield each had a fourth place finisher in the varsity girl's division of the Van Invitational.
Sarah Hancock led the Maiden lifters by taking care of 590 pounds to come in third place in the 148-pound division.
Paxtyn Taylor, lifting in the 114-pound segment, polished off 465 pounds to take fourth in the category while Lady Hornet Jo Ana Adame lifted 210 pound to win fourth in the 105-pound division.
Jacksonville also had three young ladies to come away with fifth place: Paige Shuemake (123-lb. class.), India Tennial (148-lb. class.) and Eva Hammock (181-lb. Class.).
Other participants for the Maidens included Brenda Mares, Alyssa Hammons, Amanda Lee, Yasmin Barrera, Tessah Johnson and Billie Jean Robinson.
Additional representatives from New Summerfield were, Jessica Oveido, Victoria Sanchez, Alicia Perez, and Hailey Lawson.
Eustace (37), Crandall (27) and Gilmer (25) were the top finishing schools.
Jacksonville (8) finished in eighth place and New Summerfield (2) was ninth in the team rankings.