A graduate of Tucson's Pueblo High School, Dale moved on to his hometown university where he became a three time Western Athletic Conference Champion and the greatest hurdler in UA history. At the 1966 NCAA Championships he ran the 120 high hurdles in 13.7 seconds, not only setting a school record that would last twenty years, but finishing second in the nation and earning All-America honors. That time was also the fourth best in the world that year. In fact, because the event winner was initally disqualified, Dale was if only overnight the NCAA Champion. However, on appeal, the disqualification was overturned. Following his UA tenure, Dale entered the U.S. Army where he continued hurdling. He became the U.S. Army Champion, the U.S. Military Champion, and the International Council of Military Sports Champion, and, representing the United States in the Pan Pacific Games, finished third. After military service, Dale pursued a career as an educator and at the time of his induction was Superintendent of Schools for the Mesa, Arizona School District.