Shawnee Mission North gymnast Elia Robertson returns for state from knee injury

Shawnee Mission North's Alia Robertson completes her final vault on Saturday in state. Robertson also competed on the bars.
Shawnee Mission North’s Alia Robertson completes her final vault on Saturday in state where she finished 14th. Robertson also competed on the bars.

Shawnee Mission North junior gymnast Elia Robertson took her first leap toward feeling 100 percent — something she hasn’t felt since her freshman year.

Robertson, who was one of two SM North gymnasts to compete at state on Saturday, finished 14th in the vault and 30th on the bars.

“It feels so exhilarating; it feels so good to be back doing what I love,” Robertson said. “I couldn’t be more grateful that I could come back and compete at state. I wish I could have done all four events, but to come back and do two — still semi-injured — means the world to me.”

Last year Robertson was only able to compete on the bars because her ankle was still fractured.

This year she sprained the ligaments in her right posterior cruciate ligament, hyperextended her anterior cruciate ligament, bruised her femur and had a cyst.

She was preforming a strug, which a spin jump named after 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug. When she landed only one foot landed and her knee hyperextended.

Lady Indians coach Ann Heinlein said Robertson was rocking it on Saturday.

“I’m excited for her to complete her senior year and actually compete at state,” Heinlein said. “We were devastated for her when she had her knee injury and thought, ‘Oh no, not her senior year. Not an injury this year. Please not this.’ She got into that training room and was busting her rear end getting healed, getting healthy and strong. That’s the best thing she could have done and she’s back with a vengeance.”