In "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, what were some events that changed the way Squeaky finally views competition?

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In "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, there are two main events that change the way Squeaky views competition. Both come near the end of the story when Squeaky is running against Gretchen. The first one is when Squeaky realizes that Gretchen is actually a pretty good runner. Squeaky can't help but admire Gretchen when she sees that Gretchen takes her running seriously, and for the first time Squeaky sees Gretchen as someone other than an enemy.

The second event is when Squeaky notices that Raymond has run right next to her on the other side of the fence. She is surprised at first, but then thinks about how Raymond has always kept up with her when she practiced.

"Doesn't he always keep up with me on my trots? And he surely knows how to breathe in counts of seven 'cause he's always doing it at the dinner table, which drives my brother George up the wall" (Bambara 12).

Squeaky now sees herself as a possible coach for Raymond and a friend to Gretchen--a friend Squeaky might convince to join up with in her new coaching role.