Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts' Kaily Cox, Trevor Torgerson & Jonathan Harper
Oral Roberts' Kaily Cox, Trevor Torgerson & Jonathan Harper

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The February installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Oral Roberts.

Information written and compiled by Oral Roberts.


Kaily Cox, Women’s Soccer
Tulsa, Okla.
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Year: Sr.
GPA: 4.00 

Kaily has consistently performed with excellence on the soccer field since arriving at ORU in the middle of her freshman year. This fall, she was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Summit League for her leadership on a team which yielded 0.87 goals per game in league play. She also earned first team honors for the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region and was named first team All-Conference this year. As a sophomore, Kaily led ORU?s defense in allowing opponents a meager total of 17 goals (the lowest in school history) and was named Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Conference in ORU?s previous conference as well as earning National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region third team that year. Kaily’s outstanding academic performance as evidenced by her perfect 4.00 GPA, has recently earned her the distinction of becoming the first ORU student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American for two consecutive years. She earned Academic All Summit League in soccer the past two years and has also recently been named to the Summit League Academic Distinguished Scholars List. Kaily has received national recognition by successfully cloning the genes of a plant and has been awarded a prestigious internship through the Tulsa Area Bioscience and Research Consortium (TABERC), a group devoted to developing bioscience research and providing technical training. This past summer Kaily travelled to Brazil with Ambassadors Football, an organization which seeks to develop local ministry leaders in various countries through the running of local community-based clubs built on the premise of Football, Faith, and Future. She will also be travelling to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission during spring break. These sacrificial endeavors have caused Kaily to delay her plans for med school, but she plans to become a certified nurse assistant in the meantime and continue her physical regimen by participating in triathlons.

Trevor Torgerson, Men’s Golf
Buhler, Kan.
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Year: Sr.
GPA: 4.00

Trevor transferred to ORU after leading his community college team to a 2013 District and Region 6 Championship, and a top 10 finish at nationals. He was named all-conference both of those years. After performing consistently throughout the 2014 -15 season at ORU, Trevor has stepped up his game this fall, maintaining the lowest team average and finishing in the top 10 in all three tournaments. Academically Trevor performs at the highest levels, bringing a 4.00 GPA from community college and maintaining that spotless GPA through three semesters at ORU. He has been named to the President’s list at ORU each of the past three semesters and has also been named to the Summit League List of Academic Excellence. As a pre-med major, Trevor has had the unique opportunity to sit in and observe twenty-five surgeries in local hospitals and shadowed physicians in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and oncology. Trevor has obtained a license as a certified nurse aid and currently works as a CNA at a long term care and assisted living facility. He passes on his knowledge by serving as a teaching assistant in the Physiology class at ORU. Trevor serves on the SAAC, and volunteers at a local elementary school, a children’s hospital, and various ‘First Tee’ organization events.

Jonathan Harper, Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Farwell, Mich.
Major: Ministry and Leadership
Year: Sr.
GPA: 3.94

Jonathan is the poster child for the ORU ideals of excellence in body, mind, and spirit. He competes year round as part of the cross country team and track team. He carries a 3.94 GPA as a Ministry and Leadership major. Jonathan was selected by the University President to serve in the Order of the Golden Eagle which is the hospitality team which assists the President at important social and professional events. Jonathan is also a very active part of the SAAC and this fall became the first student-athlete to ever serve on the chapel planning team with the University President. Jonathan has served as President of the ORU chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on a bi-weekly basis for the past two years, he leads worship for the special chapels conducted specifically for student-athletes, and is part of the worship team at his church. He also serves as resident advisor in the dorms. During the 2015 cross country season, he was the top ORU finisher in all six races, and was ORU?s lone representative at the NCAA Midwest Regional. He finished in the top-10 in four different cross country races during his career. On the track, Jonathan posted career bests at both the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter distances at the Summit League Championships, finishing 9th and 19th, respectively. He has twice been named conference Athlete of the Week. Last year, Jonathan was selected as a Whole Person Champion as one of the top ten student-athletes in our athletic program.


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