I got the first place in an academic test.
Since our leading hitter got injured, we fell six games behind first place.
That old person seemed to have zero interest in both teams' fight for first place.
If you’re at neck rank you’re in first place. Haven’t you ever heard the phrase, “neck and neck” when two people in a race are both super close to first place? Just remember that and you’ll never forget this word.
This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. You learned this reading for 首 when you learned 部首, and the reading for 位 is the one you learned with the kanji, so you should be able to read this on your own.