VIDEO: Cross Country runner gets hit by deer during race, finishes anyway

CENTER VALLEY, PA (NBC News) — The cross-country runner was in the middle of a race, when a herd of deer came running by, with one of the animals crashing into the college student.

The incident, which was caught on cell phone video, happened during the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Cross-Country Championship at DeSales University.

Justin Deluzio, a senior at Gwynedd Mercy University, was running when several deer came running onto the course.

One of the deer then slammed into Deluzio, sending him to the ground. He was able to get up and finish the race with the help of two of his teammates.

Deluzio’s coach says he is doing OK, he’s just a bit sore and bruised up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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