Who says cross country isn’t a contact sport? One unfortunate runner found out the hard way that the sport can most certainly be a contact sport, when running through a field with deer.

Check out this brief video of a cross-country race casually working its way through an open field:


This is pretty standard stuff for the sport. What is not so usual is a pack of deer looking to get away. An as the deer are trying to get away from the race, one deer collides with a runner, knocking him to the ground as though he was a defenseless wide receiver on the receiving end of a Von Miller tackle.

Not shown on the camera was a college football ref throwing a flag for targeting. Upon further review, the targeting was upheld and the deer was ejected from the race.

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.