contend for

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References in classic literature ?
You must have been present at the funeral of many a hero, when the young men gird themselves and make ready to contend for prizes on the death of some great chieftain, but you never saw such prizes as silver-footed Thetis offered in your honour; for the gods loved you well.
Granada Hills, led by freshman Alyson Golditch, and Chatsworth could contend for the City team title, while Hwang tries to follow her sister, Min Hee, as City individual champ.