Daly was a standout sprinter on the Crusader men's track & field team from 1927-1930. During his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Daley won three straight IC4A titles in the 70-yard dash without ever losing even one heat in the competition. He also held the national intercollegiate record in the 70-yard dash at the time of his graduation. During his senior season at the NYAC Games at Madison Square Garden, Daley defeated George Simpson of Ohio State, who had been heralded as the "world's fastest human." In addition, Daley won the National Senior title in the 60-yard dash during his junior year, and served as the captain of the team in 1928-1929.