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MUST SEE: Deer crashes into cross country runner

A college cross country runner from Pennsylvania was taken out by a deer that sprinted across the course this weekend.
A deer crashed into cross country runner Justin DeLuzio on the course this weekend. (Photo: Eric Bologa/MileSplit.com)

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (WTHR) - Fall is a good time to remember to watch out for deer on the roads, but on the cross country course?

Justin DeLuzio of Gwynedd-Mercy College was running the men's 8000-meter race in the NCAA Division III Mid East Regional when a stampede of deer ran across the course. DeLuzio unfortunately found himself in the line of one of the sprinting animals and was sent head over heels.

Check out this video from Eric Bologa at the race (H/T MileSplit.com):

The Gwynedd Mercy athletics website said DeLuzio was "very bruised" from the collision, but got up to finish the race. His teammate, Matt French, saw the crash and helped his teammate up, then accompanied him to the finish line.

"Justin is doing okay, he's just a little sore and bruised up," said head coach Kevin Clark. "We were worried about his health for awhile, but we're proud to see him fight through this along with his teammates, to get up and finish his last collegiate cross country race."