2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Was seventh in the steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships with personal-best time of 9:04.81 ... Also competed in the 5,000m at Big Ten's ... Won the 3,000m steeplechase title at the Illinois Twilight (9:09.53) and the open steeplechase title at the Sea Ray Relays (9:29.83) ... Was runner-up in the steeplechase at the Kansas Relays (9:30.71) and the SIU Spring Classic (9:23.38) ... Member of 4x1,600m relay that was second at the Kansas Relays ... Also competed in the steeplechase at the Drake Relays (9:25.02, 12th). Indoor: Won the 3,000m at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational with season-best time of 8:44.13 ... Member of 4x1600m relay that took second at the Kansas Relays ... Ran last leg of distance medley relay that was third at the Husker Invitational ... Also took eighth in the 5,000m at the Husker Invitational.
2007 Track & Field
Outdoor: Won the steeplechase at the Big Blue Classic with a time of 9:39.10 in his first time running the event ... Ran a personal-best 4:03.95 in the 1,500m at the Mike Poehlein Invite. Indoor: Redshirted.
2006 Track & Field
Outdoor: Redshirted. Indoor: Competed in the 3,000m at the Big Ten Championships ... Timed personal-best 14:39.49 in the 5,000m at the Iowa State Classic ... Won the 3,000m at the EIU Friday Night Special with personal-best time of 8:25.72.
Qualified for the state meet in both track and field and cross country ... High school coach was John Powers, former Illini cross country letterwinner.
Born Nov. 8, 1986 ... Son of Tom and Sandy Pykosz ... Has two sisters, Carrie and Christie, and one brother, Mike ... Hobbies include music and golfing ... Majoring in accounting and finance.
Pykosz's Personal Bests
3,000m (Indoor): 8:25.72
5,000m (Indoor): 14:39.49
3,000m Steeplechase: 9:04.81