TULSA, Okla. - Former Marlow, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State standout, and current Oral Roberts Head Track & Field Coach Joe Dial has been selected for the National High School Hall of Fame. Dial becomes the seventh athlete from the state of Oklahoma inducted, and the first track and field athlete from the state to earn the distinction.
Dial was one of the top pole vaulters in high school history during his days at Marlow (Oklahoma) High School in the early 1980s. As a senior in 1981, Dial broke the state and national record with a vault of 17-9½, which stood as the national high school record for 18 years. He was the first high school athlete to break the 18-foot barrier and eventually cleared 18-1¼ before concluding his high school career. He also set the national indoor record as a senior with a 17-4½ effort and won the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state title in the pole vault four consecutive years. Dial also was state champion in the long jump as a senior with a 23-5½ effort. He was twice named to the Track and Field News High School All-America Team. Dial's success continued at the next level, where he was a four-time NCAA pole vault champion while competing at Oklahoma State University. He was the first collegiate pole vaulter to clear 19 feet, and he was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. Dial is in his 24th season as head track and cross country coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dial joins Bertha Teague (1983), Johnny Bench (1986), Bill Blackburn (1990), J.C. Watts (2002), John Smith (2004) and Kenny Monday (2011) as Oklahomans in the National High School Hall of Fame. Other 2017 inductees include; Lisa Fernandez, Bobby Richardson, Melissa (Missy) West, Russ Cozart, Joe Lombard, Steve Shondell, Bernie Walter, Jerry Winterton, Bill Laude and Rick Wulkow.
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