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    Rob Pykosz
    Rob Pykosz
    RS Senior

    Schaumburg, Ill.

    High School:

    2008-RS Junior
    Did not compete due to injury.

    2007-RS Sophomore
    Did not compete in cross country due to injury ... Took seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and competed in the event at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.

    2006-RS Freshman
    Competed in five meets for the Fighting Illini ... Placed fifth for the Orange and Blue at the Illini Open ... Glided to a second place overall finish at the Illini Challenge with an 8K time of 25:30 ... Was the fifth Illini finisher at the Notre Dame Invite with personal best 8K time of 25:26 ... Ran a 8K time of 26:37 at Pre-Nationals ... Clocked a personal best in the 10K at NCAA regionals with a time of 33:28.14.

    Redshirted for the Illini.

    State Qualifier in track and cross country ... High school coach was John Powers, former Illini Cross Country letterwinner.

    Full given name Robert Pykosz ... Born November 8, 1986 ... Mother, Sandy, is a teacher and father, Tom, is a marketing manager ... Has two sisters, Carrie and Christie, and one brother, Mike ... Hobbies include music and golfing ... Did not begin to run cross country until junior year of high school ... Majoring in business and finance.

    4 miles: 20:33
    8K: 25:26

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