Washington won three individual titles and the men’s team scored in six of the seven finals Saturday to take the lead with 61 points after the first day of the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Husky Track.

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Washington won three individual titles and the men’s team scored in six of the seven finals Saturday to take the lead with 61 points after the first day of the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Husky Track.

The UW is hosting the meet for the first time since 1997 and for the first time at the 3-year-old Husky Track.

Aaron Nelson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:39.58, his second title after also winning in 2014.

Another repeat winner, Jax Thoirs, flew to the pole-vault victory (17 feet, 8½ inches) for the third year in a row, something no Husky has ever done despite UW’s long vaulting legacy.

Katie Knight won her first Pac-12 title and broke the meet record in the process, winning the 10,000 in 33:20.02.

“Today was just a fantastic day for our men and women,” UW coach Greg Metcalf said. “Every one of our young athletes that we paraded out there competed incredibly well. The purple track was good to us today. … Track really is a sport about momentum. Leaving our team meeting, our kids are excited and fired up for tomorrow.”

The Huskies hold a slim lead over the Oregon men, winners of eight Pac-12 team titles in a row. The Ducks have 57 points, and UCLA has scored 45 for third. Washington State is 10th with 14 points.

Oregon leads the women’s race with 57 points, with UCLA second at 41 and Colorado third with 33. Washington State is fifth with 28 points, and the Huskies are sixth with 23.

The first event Sunday is the women’s hammer at 9 a.m., with the women’s triple jump and men’s discus starting at 11:30 and the first track final going at 1 p.m.

Washington State’s Kiana Davis was the runner-up in the women’s high jump after clearing a height equal to her season-best of 5 feet, 8¾ inches, the same height as the winner, Lisanne Hagens of Arizona, who won on fewer misses. WSU’s Liz Harper took fourth at 5-7¼, and WSU’s Lateah Holmes tied for sixth at 5-5¼.

Harper, who took third place in the heptathlon last weekend, also qualified for the 400 hurdles final with her prelim time of 59.08.

In the women’s javelin, WSU’s Kelsie Taylor placed fourth with a throw of 144-11. WSU’s Brad Stevens took sixth in the men’s javelin with a throw of 220-0.

Washington State’s Austin Sodorff cleared 16-2¾ for sixth place in the men’s pole vault, while Cougars decathlete Dino Dodig took ninth but with a personal-best height of 15-9.