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Caught on Cam: Deer Crashes Into Pennsylvania Cross Country Runner

Video captured a Gwynedd Mercy University student running in an 8k race when several deer ran across the course

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    A deer crashed into a Gwynedd University cross country runner during a race over the weekend. Fortunately the student was able to get up and finish the race. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016)

    Justin DeLuzio's last cross country race of his college career turned out to be one he'll never forget after he was blindsided by a deer.

    DeLuzio, a Senior at Gwynedd Mercy University and member of the school's Men's Cross Country team, was competing in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania Saturday. As DeLuzio ran, four deer suddenly darted across the course.

    "I turn my head a little bit to the left and he comes right there," DeLuzio said.

    An onlooker recorded as the animal crashed into DeLuzio, sending him flying to the ground.

    "He knocked me down pretty good," DeLuzio said.

    Cross Country Runner Hit by Deer During RaceCross Country Runner Hit by Deer During RaceA Gwynedd Mercy University cross country runner who was hit by a deer during a race in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania is speaking out about the scary moment, which was caught on video. (Published Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)

    Amazingly, DeLuzio was able to get up thanks to his teammate Matt French who helped him up and ran with him for the rest of the race.

    "My last country race, his last country race and just a demonstration of camaraderie and it's what this team is all about," DeLuzio said.

    DeLuzio's coach Kevin Clark was waiting on mile 3 during the freak accident and couldn't believe it when he heard what happened.

    "At that point you're like that can't be true but Justin is running holding his side a little bit. He definitely doesn't look like he normally runs," Clark said.

    Clark said DeLuzio's other teammate Armani Rivera also ran with them for a portion of the race.

    DeLuzio, who has a 4.0 GPA and is a potential Valedictorian at Gwynedd Mercy University, is still dealing with a bruised hip and soreness. He knows it could've been much worse however. 

    "I was lucky," DeLuzio said. "I was fortunate. I know if that deer was a little bit bigger I could have been in serious trauma."