Celebrating 150: Olympic Gold


Truman is known across the nation for a lot of things. Producing Olympic-caliber athletes typically isn’t one of them, but in 1984 student Ray Armstead broke that barrier. Armstead won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team in Los Angeles.

After a successful showing at the state meet his senior year, legendary coach Kenneth Gardner helped steer Armstead to Truman thanks in part to the University’s reputation for academics and its track program. Click here to read more about Armstead and his path to the Olympics.