Center Valley, PA — A cross-country runner’s collision with a deer during an NCAA race at DeSales University was captured on video and has since gone viral.
The Allentown Morning Call reports that Justin DeLuzio, a Gwynedd Mercy University senior, was running in an 8k race on the DeSales race route just after noon when at least 10 deer ran into a line of runners from their left, and one of them hit.
Eric Bologa, a runner on the Frostburg State University cross-country team captured the video.
“I was recording my runners and they all had passed and the deer came running out of the woods,” Bologa told the Morning Call. “So I pulled up my phone and next thing I knew they collided. We ran over to see if he was all right and he just kept on running.”
DeLuzio was helped to his feet by a teammate and actually finished the race.
Bologa later posted the video on his Facebook page with the line, “Who says Cross Country isn’t a contact sport?”