Two more names from Enumclaw High’s illustrious sporting past will soon be added to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year’s honorees are Jeremy Oliver and Jill (Callero) Mestler. Both claimed individual championships at the 1991 state track and field championships, staged at the historic Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma.
The pair will be honored the evening of Jan. 5 in Chuck Smith Gymnasium, during halftime of a Hornet boys basketball game.
Mestler was a distance standout at Enumclaw High, capping her prep career with a state championship in the 3,200 meters. She continued her running career at the University of Oregon with both the Duck cross country and track programs. She made it to the NCAA cross country championships a few times with her teammates and, in track, placed as high as third in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 meet.
She graduated with a degree in exercise physiology, then earned a master’s in teaching with endorsement in secondary education/ science. For a dozen years, she kept busy raising three children, coaching at a for seven years at a Eugene-area high school. She also has coached a few hundred adults to run marathons, currently coaches middle school track and started a middle school cross country team.
That comes on top of 15 seasons of coach her kids’ basketball and soccer teams, working as an event coordinator for a nonprofit organization and, now, working as a guest teacher in Eugene. The entire family has long volunteered with the Oregon Track Club, where she is a meet director.
“I still run a lot and love all the amazing people I have met through running and all the positive experiences, amazing teammates, travel and fun that have come with it,” she wrote in an email to EHS Athletic Director Phil Engebretsen.
Oliver earned his state championship in dramatic fashion, unleashing a personal-best toss of 58 feet, 2 and one-half inches to take the 1991 shot put title. He won in dominant fashion, with his best heave traveling two feet farther than the second-place finisher.
And, with that, Oliver became the fourth male track and field champion in EHS history. He wasn’t done providing team points, however, adding a fourth-place finish in the discus.
He had garnered attention earlier in the season in the discus. His effort of 155-7 at a Bellingham invitational shattered an Enumclaw High record that had stood for 41 years.
Following graduating from EHS, Oliver headed east, as in the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney. During his years as an Eagle, Oliver was a four-time letterman for both the indoor and outdoor track programs. He qualified multiple times for the Big Sky Conference championships, placing as high as fourth in the shot put during the 1995 indoor season.
Oliver found success in the collegiate classroom, as well, being named to the Big Sky All-Academic team three times.
He now works as a financial adviser and lives in Minnesota.
The rest of the EHS Athletic Hall of Fame looks like this, listed by year of induction.
1915 Basketball Team
1936 Football Team
1937 Basketball Team
1977 Baseball Team
Charles J. (Chuck) Smith
Robert D. Campbell
Tom Poe Jr.
1982 Golf Team
Resa (Watterson) Bolton
1930-31 Boys Basketball Team
1933-34 Football Team
1988-89 Girls Swim/Dive Team
1989 Girls Tennis
Ed Annas Wozeniak
Mary (Anderson) Holland
Whitney (Sleigh) Jorgenson
Joy (Harmon) Safakish
1978 State Champion Girls 800m Relay
1958 Boys Basketball Team
1984 State Champion 200 Medley Swim Relay
1985 Slowpitch team
Dave Van Hoof
Pele (Houk) Godkin
Tori (Hall) Ammons
1969 Football Team
1998 Girls Basketball Team
Dorothy (Lokovsek) Sleigh