On Oct. 29, at halftime of the Big Blue football game, May graduates J.B. Spillane of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Dion Wilson of Country Club Hills, Ill., will be presented with the Lindsay Medallion to recognize their athletic excellence. The Medallion, named in honor of the late F. Merrill Lindsay, trustee emeritus, and his late wife, “Sis” Lindsay, has been presented annually since 1998 to honor student-athletes for outstanding performances on their respective Big Blue teams.
J.B. Spillane helped the Big Blue to a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships in May. The seventh-place individual finisher at the 2011 CCIW Championships, Spillane had six Top-Five finishes including five Top-Three performances as a senior, and finished in the Top 10 in 10 tournaments during his senior season. He tacked his name to the No. 11 spot in Millikin’s all-time season scoring list by averaging 76 strokes per round during his final season before wrapping up his career at No. 2 on the Big Blue career leaderboard with a career 18-hole stroke average of 76.55. Spillane also recorded the second-lowest individual 36-hole score in Millikin history by shooting a 141 at the Big Blue Spring Classic in April. A four-time CCIW Academic All-Conference honoree and the 2010 Jack Swartz Award winner, Spillane was named a 2009-10 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. Spillane majored in finance.
Dion Wilson permanently etched his name into the list of all-time great Big Blue running backs with a record-breaking senior season and outstanding career on the gridiron. During his final season, Wilson tore through opponents’ defensive lines and rumbled into the record books with 1,361 yards, securing the No. 2 spot in Millikin single-season rushing history. His 1,361 yards were also the fifth-best in the nation by a Division III running back in 2010. With 2,829 career yards to his name, Wilson is No. 4 in Millikin career rushing yards and his 284 yards against Illinois College in the 2010 season opener set a new Big Blue single-game record.
A standout student, Wilson earned Academic All-CCIW honors in each of his four seasons and was selected to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Second Team in 2010. Wilson also earned recognition for his contributions off the field with an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nomination in 2010. He majored in fitness and sport and is entering the Marine Corps.