In "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, Mr. Pearson wants Squeaky to throw the race. He wants her to give another girl a chance to win, particularly Gretchen, who is new in town.
"'That new girl should give you a run for your money.'" He looks around the park for Gretchen like a periscope in a submarine movie. 'Wouldn't it be a nice gesture if you were...to ahhh...'" (Bambara 8).
When Squeaky realizes Mr. Pearson wants her to cheat, she is very offended. She has been working hard--practicing every minute she possibly can to keep her title as the fastest girl on the block. She really cannot believe that the man she and the other kids call "Ole Beanstalk" would even make such a suggestion. Of course, Gretchen does give her the first competition she has had in a long, long time, but Squeaky still comes out the winner. She also comes out with a whole new outlook on life. She can see Gretchen now as a possible future friend, and she can see Raymond as a competitor, too.