Triple world-record holder Sebastian Coe made an excellent return to track yesterday after a five-month layoff by winning the 1,500 meters in the indoor meet between Britain and France at Cosford, England.

Coe moved away from Didier Begouin on the last lap, finishing in 3:42.60 to Begouin's 3:45.74.

Coe, afflicted with glandular fever and a severe cold in the past months, said after his first race since his September defeat by Hans-Peter Ferner in the 800 at the European Championships: "I'm certainly not race fit, but I'm faster at this stage of the year than for a long time. I'm probably going as well as I was in my peak seasons" . . .

At the University of Toronto Classic in Canada, Britain's Daley Thompson, 1980 Olympic decathlon gold medalist, hurt his lower back (diagnosis pending) at the long jump, sat out the rest of the pentathlon and watched Toronto's David Steen break Thompson's indoor record. Steen amassed 4,104 points; Thompson had 4,100 in the U of T meet a year ago. Jill Ross of Toronto won the women's pentathlon, 4,394-4,284 over runner-up Cindy Greiner (U.S.) . . .

University of Maryland athletes turned in four school-record performances in Friday night's Boston Invitational at BU. Raymond Oglesby posted a 1:51.4 in placing second in the 800 meters. Per Kristoffersen, fifth in the two-mile, ran an 8:37.2 to qualify for the NCAA championships. Pat Walker won the women's mile in 4:47.80 and Carolyn Forde ran a national-qualifying 9:29.23 to place second in the 3,000 meters.