Last spring, Folake Olujide-Ajibade captured the Dublin Scioto girls track and field team's first state title in 22 years.

The senior was looking to defend her Division I championship in the 100-meter hurdles, but she never got the chance as the spring sports season was canceled April 20 by the OHSAA because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"I was disappointed, but (canceling the season is) all for the greater good," said Olujide-Ajibade, who won the event in 14.31 seconds to become the Irish's first state champion since 1997 when Cori Kill won the 1,600. "I've come to terms with it. I really wish I had another season to progress, but it is what it is."

Olujide-Ajibade, who ran a program-record 14.28 in her preliminary heat in the 100 hurdles at state, and her twin sister, Foluke, both will continue their track careers at the University of Pittsburgh.

Folake nearly won a second state title last year, as she placed second in the 300 hurdles (program-record 43.05) behind Westerville Central's Mabinty Kebe (42.9). She also teamed with Foluke, 2019 graduate Nena Hayes and senior Taysia Cordova to place 16th at state in the 400 relay (49.6).

Folake, who placed eighth at state in the 100 hurdles (14.69) as a sophomore, concluded her prep career at the indoor state meet March 7 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, finishing sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.04).

She holds the program's indoor records in the 60 hurdles (8.96) and the 60 (8.13).

Foluke has the program's third-fastest time in the 300 hurdles (46.2) behind Folake and 2017 graduate Alexis McQuade (45.31).

"I felt cheated out of my last three months with them," coach Stacey Schall said.

"I watched them grow for three years. ... Folu looked absolutely amazing (in the preseason). I was really excited for her. Fola looked good, too. It was going to be a good year."

The 6-foot twins also played for the girls basketball team.

This past season, they helped Scioto finish 17-7 overall and 10-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and advance to a Division I district semifinal. It was the Irish's third consecutive winning season.

"Both sports were equal," Foluke said. "I had a lot of fun doing both sports, but when it came to track, obviously, that was my better sport."

The twins also considered Ashland, Cornell, Iowa and Kent State before choosing Pitt. Both plan to major in chemistry with a minor in mathematics.

"It was our goal to go to the same school," Foluke said. "We've been together all of our lives and we're always there to support each other. It's just better for us because we've always been together, so why not continue that before we move on into our professional lives?"

The twins were born in London while their parents, Jide Olujide-Ajibade and Odunola Gbenro-Ajibade, were born and raised in Nigeria and their older sister, Yosolajesu, was born in South Africa. Yosolajesu is a 2018 Scioto graduate.

The family moved to central Ohio in 2003.

"I'm very happy that we were able to do this together because she's my best friend," Folake said of Foluke.

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