Penn State Behrend cross-country coach, Greg Cooper, found himself (or at least his voice) part of a stunning video that went viral this week. The video, shot at the DIII Mid-East Regional Championships at DeSales University where Behrend’s men’s XC team were competing last week, depicts Justin DeLuzio from Gwynedd-Mercy College taking a severe hit from a whitetail deer mid-race.
Coach Cooper can be heard on the video yelling “Watch out for the deer!” Cooper said that when he yelled, most of the runners looked up and heeded his warning, save for Justin who kept his head own and ended up a five rows into the cornfield next to him.
Cooper, who ran to DeLuzio after the collision, said the runner looked disoriented and stunned, but continued the race. Reports say he suffered no major injuries.
It’s not the first time runners have had to dodge deer on the XC course. Cooper said it happened a few times when he was a college runner.
Only in Pennsylvania….
(OK, and probably Ohio and other rural areas, too, but at least it wasn’t a bear, right?)