Erick Duffy could feel something special was approaching as he ran down the runway.
As he lifted himself into the air, the recent North Andover High graduate knew everything felt right.
And as he sailed over the bar and fell back down to earth, his mind raced with joy and excitement about a dream that had finally come true.
He was a national champion.
Duffy pole vaulted a stunning 17-1 to take the gold medal at the New Balance National Outdoor Championship on Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.