Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Rob Pykosz
Rob Pykosz


Schaumburg, Ill.

High School:
Conant HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


2009 Track & Field
Did not compete.

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.

Cross Country
2009 XC
Made season debut at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, finishing 11th for the Orange and Blue.

2008 XC
Did not compete due to injury.

2007 XC
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 XC
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.

2005 XC
Redshirted for the Illini.

High School
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

Track & Field
3,000m (Indoor): 8:25.72
5,000m (Indoor): 14:39.49
3,000m Steeplechase: 9:04.81

Cross Country
6K: 18:53
8K: 25:26

Updated July 2010