Virginia Tech's Allison Tallman a finalist in Athlon Sideline Spirit Contest
Winner to be featured in 2005 Athlon Sports College Football Preview
November 30, 2004 Virginia Tech's Allison Tallman, a junior from Haymarket, Va., is one of seven finalists in the Athlon Sports Sideline Spirit Contest. The second annual Athlon Sports Sideline Spirit contest (www.athlonsports.com/spirit) kicked off its final round of voting on Monday, Nov. 29, as participants vie for the opportunity to earn a photo shoot in the 2005 Athlon Sports College Football Preseason Annual and earn $1,000 for her spirit squad. The person with the most votes from now until Jan. 4, the day of the national championship game, will be the winner of this year's program. Kristen Fanning of Purdue, Andrea Bianchi of West Virginia, Sahyli Ramirez of Miami, Jamie Hill of South Carolina, Abbie Gustafson of Nebraska and Kerri of Arizona State all advanced to the final round by either winning one of the preliminary rounds or earning the most votes of any participant in her conference during the season. Tallman won Round 4 with 382,597 votes. "Everyone in this group has enjoyed tremendous support from their fan bases this year and we're looking forward to seeing how this plays out," Athlon Sports Interactive President Bill Haggarty said. "The interest this program has sparked across the country has exceeded our expectations and we hope people continue to have fun with it." Visitors to www.athlonsports.com are permitted to vote once per day. Chelsea Kimmerling of Nebraska won last year's inaugural contest. Athlon Sports Communications, Incorporated has been in business since 1967 and is the leading publisher of preseason sports annuals in the world. Athlon publishes 14 magazines annually in professional and college football, professional and college basketball, Major League Baseball, Golf and NASCAR. Products throughout the U.S. at newsstands at airports, bookstores, supermarkets, and at Wal-Mart and other specialty distribution venues to approximately 1.3 million consumers.