Student-Athlete Profile: Alison McDonough & Jasen Jean-Louis

The Bears Men’s & Women’s Track & Field teams have been excelling in their indoor season after their last indoor season got cancelled. On the \women’s side, they have a seasoned veteran in graduate student Alison McDonough (‘23, G’25), while on the men’s team is up-and-coming freshman Jasen Jean-Louis (‘27).  

McDonough is a graduate student studying for a master’s in special education with a concentration in PreK-8 with moderate disabilities. Last year, she graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education and psychology. McDonough is also student teaching at East Middle School in Brockton where she does push-in and pull-out services for an eighth grade classroom. 

McDonough has been sensational since the start of her career in 2019, when she won first place in her debut meet in the 60-meter hurdles race at the Emmanuel College Indoor Opener. This qualified her for the New England Division 3 Championships, which was hosted in February 2020 at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has continued to excel in many ways throughout her college career, as she has participated in the NCAA Division 3 National Championships in the 2022 Indoor and 2023 Outdoor seasons. She also won the 2022 Dr. Adrian Tinsley Scholar-Athlete award. Along with being recruited by BSU, she was also recruited by Wheaton College.  

She also owns or shares four different school records; McDonough has both the Indoor and Outdoor records in the Long Jump, a 4 X 100 Outdoor Relay record, and is tied with Jaliene Escalera in the 60-meter dash.

McDonough said of her great season, “I’m definitely happy with how my season is so far. There’s always expectations of reaching and finally getting to your goals, and so far I have a strong start to that. It’s been really nice to have good competition at the meets and to know that my team has done so well over the past few years, I think we’re all very happy with the season, myself included.” 

Jean-Louis is a freshman who is studying health services. He graduated from Framingham High School in 2023, where he played football along with Track & Field for the Flyers. He won MASCAC Rookie of the Week for the first time in his career for his performance in his collegiate debut in the Long Jump at the Lyon Invitational at Wheaton College. He ranks fifth in NCAA East Region in the long jump and 52nd in all of Division III.

In the Summer of 2022, Jean-Louis was recruited by the Bears, and he thought that “going to Bridgewater State would help with my education.” Several other schools recruited him, such as Merrimack and University of New Hampshire (Division 1 Schools), Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.  

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