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Exposition occurs when, in the first person point of view, Hazel gives quite a bit of information about her neighborhood, her brother, other children, and that which she takes most pride in, her running. Rising action includes the "confrontation between Hazel and Gretchen, and the running of the race, which Hazel arrives for at the very last minute and nearly misses. The climax occurs when Hazel is finally announced as the winner, even as she had been deciding to coach Raymond, who had been running along with her on the other side of the fence. The falling action occurs as Hazel and Gretchen smile with genuine respect at each other, and in denouement, Hazel is thinking how excited she is that she won, and how proud she is of Raymond.
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